/ 6 April 2024

TARLAC State University collaborated with the local government of San Clemente to provide skills training and product development for the Aeta community.

Through three agreements with the Dueg Resettlement Entrepreneurs and Marketing Association, TSU aims to support Aeta members under the project “EXCELLENTE.”

“This partnership is a significant turning point, representing TSU’s dedication to advancing extension services for the community. The College of Business and Accountancy and the College of Industrial Technology are known to have impactful activities for the benefit of the community,” TSU President Dr. Arnold E. Velasco said in his speech

“Hence, this collaboration will serve as a solid foundation for professional growth in the academe and LGU San Clemente,” he added.

Under the partnership, TSU College of Business and Accountancy will offer seminars on entrepreneurship, financial literacy, and marketing.

Meanwhile, the College of Industrial Technology will assess equipment provided by the Department of Science and Technology-Tarlac, while the Office of Gender and Development will conduct gender sensitivity training.

The project will expand Aeta products beyond turmeric powder to include innovative ube-based items to be sold at a café in Sitio Dueg. Ultimately, it aims to establish a cooperative for Aeta and benefit San Clemente residents.

“I, therefore, signify the intent of LGU San Clemente and commit and pledge with various programs, projects, and activities in the municipality of San Clemente for the successful implementation of the project and to enhance our collaboration towards our mutual resolve to improve the lives of our constituents and communities,” San Clemente Mayor Elma Macadamia said.

“San Clemente is a fifth-class municipality, and [with] our partnership with TSU, we will make a big difference in our community,” she added.