BAUANG, La Union – The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) has opened its scholarship program to the public.
TESDA Secretary Guiling Mamondiong announced here on Friday that for Region 1, the initial allotted scholarship slots are 30,000. The province of Pangasinan is given 12,000 slots while La Union, Ilocos Sur and Ilocos each were allotted 6,000 slots.
Mamondiong met with the presidents of the associations/federations of Technical and Vocational Institutes (TVIs) in Region 1, officials of TESDA from the four provinces and representatives from Deped Region 1 and other allied sectors.
The dialogue and press conference was hosted by TESDA Region 1 headed by Director Cenon Quirubin.
Owners and officials of TVIs present during the event expressed their appreciation to Mamondiong.
Mamondiong said the scholarship grants can be availed immediately until the second semester of 2017.
Quirubin said they are currently conducting technical audit on the 645 programs being offered by the different schools or TVIs in Region 1. He said they have finished auditing La Union while the technical audit on the 253 programs at the TVIs in Pangasinan is ongoing.
The TESDA chief reminded the tech-voc schools to upgrade their equipment and capacitate their trainors for them to produce skilled and competitive graduates.
“TESDA have more than 200 training regulations TVIs have to decide which to offer and what programs are job generators,” he said.
Meanwhile, TESDA is introducing new programs to maximize the assistance being given to graduates of technical-vocational courses to improve its percentage of employment.
TESDA has assisted million students before. “But where are they? They were not able to get certification dahil mataas ang assessment fee. Dapat i-subsidize na ito ng gobyerno,” Mamondiong remarked to the delight of the TVI officers present.
Mamondiong also announced the upcoming Asean Skills Competition and the World Skills Competition, which TESDA is bent on sending participants.
He appealed to the schools to improve the competitiveness of their students.
“Their performance is very important because we send skilled workers all over the world. Good performance in competitions outside the country would show how skilled they are. This could help our workers get better salary and work/living condition from employers abroad offering jobs to skilled workers,” Mamondiong said.