Trainees perform actual hair cutting to their models in the recently concluded hair styling and cutting training held at the College of Sciences, Technology, and Communications (CSTC) last July 8 to 12.


Fifteen Atimonanins have been certified as professional hairdressers after attending a five-day skills training on hair cutting and styling conducted by Atimonan One Energy, Inc. (A1E) and the College of Sciences, Technology, and Communications (CSTC) last July 8 to 12 at the CSTC Facility in Brgy. Zone II.

The project dubbed as Ganda Mo, Hanapbuhay Ko was participated by residents from barangays Caridad Ibaba, Sokol, Poblacion, San Isidro, and Lumutan. The trainees were taught how to use different hair cutting tools, hair styles for the different face shape, shades of hair color, and treatment. After the lecture, participants were asked to do an actual demonstration on their models.

An assessment was administered by the Technical Education Skills and Development Authority (TESDA) last July 16. All participants passed and were awarded their certificates of competency.

Emerson Alcantara, one of the trainers from CSTSC, encouraged the participants to further enhance their skills by attending more trainings.

“If they want to get national certifications (NC) II and III from TESDA, they can enroll in technical courses on hairdressing which could increase their chances of getting a better job locally or even abroad.”

According to Alcantara, hair cutting is an entrepreneurial profession. A hairstylist may opt to work in an established salon, open his/her own shop, or be a freelancer and offer home services.


The participants of the Ganda Mo, Hanapbuhay Ko training together with Atimonan One Energy, Inc. Corporate Social Responsibility Officer Jester Querubin, College of Sciences, Technology, and Communications trainers Emerson Alcantara and Luis Martinez.


After the training, A1E distributed starter kit to all the participants who completed the training. The kit included all-purpose shears, blending shears, barber cape, combs, sectioning clips, spray bottle, barber brush, and hair coloring dye kit.

The participants were grateful for the training provided to them.

“Hairstyling is one of my passion and I am grateful to A1E and CSTC for this opportunity,” said Frederick Villanueva, one of the trainees from Brgy. Villa Ibaba. “I was not able to finish high school due to financial constraints and I am currently unemployed, but this opportunity gives me hope to earn for me and my family.”

Some of the trainees were offered immediate employment by the trainers in their salons in Lucena and Sariaya.

Ganda Mo, Hanapbuhay Ko is part of A1E’s Angat Kabuhayan livelihood program which aims to provide capacity building trainings to create more job opportunities and uplift the lives of the residents of Atimonan.