These past five years, efforts have been made to strengthen the training centers in the rural areas namely Mati, Borongan, and Dumangas. Many of our poor young people can be found in these places. To provide more opportunities for them, necessary upgrading of facilities, equipment and staff were made.
In Don Bosco Mati a new administration and training center building, workshops building, IFT laboratory, and ladies hostel were built through the assistance of the Municipal Government of Vitoria-Gasteiz in Northern Spain coursed through the Salesian NGO Youth and Development Foundation (JYD), the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development coursed through the Salesian NGO Don Bosco Mondo, and Australian Aid through the Philippines – Australia Community Assistance Program.
In Don Bosco Borongan a new training center and a new youth center gym were built in Barangay Taboc, a gym and evacuation shelter was also built in Barangay Bato and the old training center was renovated. New equipment were also acquired to meet with TESDA standards. Funding of the improvements in Borongan came from the German Doctors for Developing Countries, La Stampa Foundation – Mirror of Times, and the Association of Former Salesian Students in Italy.
In Don Bosco Dumangas the training center was renovated and an ongoing expansion is underway. Equipment and staff were also upgraded in compliance with TESDA registration requirements, thanks to Missioni Don Bosco and Don Bosco Mondo.