Thursday, April 17, 2014

P91.3 M TESDA Calamity Rehab Allocation

The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority in Western Visayas (Tesda) has allocated P91.3 million for emergency response, rehabilitation and recovery for 7,510 beneficiaries in 2014.

The amount will be spent for trainings of beneficiaries in several livelihood and entrepreneurial skills to help them recover and cope up from the destruction brought by calamities in the region.

Of the P91.3 million, P35.2 million will be given to Iloilo province (2,921 beneficiaries), P23.6 million will be given to Capiz (1,933 beneficiaries), P9.5 million will be allocated to Negros Occidental (784 beneficiaries), and P7.4 million will be given to Antique (607 beneficiaries).

The allocation will help train and rehabilitate the beneficiary-victims of Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan), which devastated northern Iloilo, Capiz, Aklan, and Antique last year.

Meanwhile, Tesda also has an allocation of P59.4 million this year for the special training for employment program (Step), which is in collaboration with the members of House of Representatives in 18 congressional districts in Western Visayas.

An estimated 4,356 beneficiaries in the region were expected to undergo training with the province of Negros Occidental, which has seven congressional districts receiving P23.1 million for 1,694 beneficiaries.

The province of Iloilo, which has six congressional districts, will have P19.8 million for 1,452 beneficiaries, while Capiz, which has two congressional districts, will have P6.6 million for 484 beneficiaries.

Aklan, which has a lone district, will have P3.3 million for 242 beneficiaries, while Antique with a lone district will get P3.3 million for 242 beneficiaries.

Guimaras, which has a lone district, will have P3.3 million for 242 beneficiaries.

Other Tesda training programs for 2014 in the region are training for work scholarship with an allocation of P73.9 million for 9,537 beneficiaries, and the private education student financial assistance with an allocation of P20.4 million for 2,941 beneficiaries.

Iloilo LGU Avail TESDA Scholarship Voucher

ILOILO CITY - Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Secretary Emmanuel Joel Villanueva turned over scholarship vouchers worth P3 million when he visited this city on Tuesday.

The scholarship vouchers were divided among the provincial government of Iloilo, city government of Iloilo and the municipality of Mina where they each got P1 million worth of vouchers under the agency’s Training for Work Scholarship Program.

Vice Governor Raul Tupas, Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog and former Mina Mayor Lydia Grabato received the vouchers from Villanueva in a simple ceremony held during the half time break of the Shoot for Your Dreams, an exhibition game between TEAM TRABAHO of the Secretary and TEAM SPECIALISTAS in Iloilo City.

For this year, out of the P73,902,000 allocation for the implementation of TWSP in Western Visayas some P21, 049, 189 were alloted for the province of Iloilo benefiting 2,806 grantees.

It will be recalled that an additional P1.4 billion was released by President Benigno Aquino in 2014 to augment TESDA funds for the TWSP.

In his short message, Villanueva assured that the administration of President Aquino continues to think, make and create ways to reach out to Filipinos and to have meaningful programs.

Through the SHOOT for your DREAMS, Villanueva wants to reach out especially to Filipino youth and let them know the various scholarships being offered by TESDA which they could avail of and will help them reach their dreams.

The exhibition game at the Iloilo Covered Gym was the first stop where Philippine Basketball Association’s former star players Alvin Patrimonio, Marlou Aquino, Jerry Cordinera, Bal David, Bobby Jose and Rodney Santos along with players from the local media joined Villanueva in TRABAHO TEAM.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

TESDA Free Assessment for OFW

The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) is inviting Overseas Filipino Workers, industry workers and instructors to their National Technical – Vocational Education and Training(TVET) Competency Assessment and Certification (NATCAC) set on May 12 to 16.

TESDA’s NATCAC is a national synchronized conduct of competency assessment and certification for free in identified demand.  It aims to expand client’s access to assessment and certification, and to strengthen the scale and popularity of the TESDA assessment and certification program through a purposive advocacy to raise people’s awareness of the program.

TESDA Information Officer Anthony “Guy” Oria, in an interview over PIA Hour radio, announced that interested individuals  may visit them at the TESDA Regional Office along Loakan Road here  or the TESDA provincial offices in the region.

In 2013, Oria reported that 2,814 availed of NATCAC  regionwide  and 2,678 of them were successfully certified. They were TVET graduates in the sector of agri-fishery and processed foods, automotive, construction, garments, health, social and other services; information and communication technology, land transport, metals and engineering, and tourism.

Oria also disclosed that aside from strengthening their TVET courses and curriculum, TESDA is set to bring-in higher level of education to its  agenda  such as level 3 (NC3), Level 4 (NC4) and Diploma courses (3 years duration), in line with the implementation of the K to 12 Basic Education Program of the Department of Education and in pushing the competitiveness of the Filipino workforce for the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) 2015.

Oria explained  that TESDA’s National Certification NC 1 is for apprentice  while NC2 is for skilled workers that could help  workers  enter a job or be employed.

NC3 (supervisory level) and NC4 (managerial level) certifications  as well as TVET diploma courses will boost the competitiveness of our workforce, he said.

Summer Technical Vocational Studies

MANILA, Philippines - Instead of being idle this summer, the Technical Educational and Development Authority on Monday urged students to take up technical-vocational studies or training after finishing high school.

He also  called on the parents of high school graduates to encourage and support their children who want to get into tech-voc, saying that it would be a worthy investment.

"Many graduates look to college after high school and wait for the school year opening in June or August. Instead of spending idle months, they may enroll in a tech-voc course that interests them," TESDA director general Joel Villanueva said.

"I urge our youth to find the means to be productive. Being a tambay (idle) after high school is not totally cool," he added.

Villanueva said that this early, high school graduates should begin mapping out their career path, knowing what they want to learn, and how to get there.

Graduates should think out of the box and see beyond the traditional college course education.

"It's not always college education equals job equals success.  Jobs come easy when one possesses the knowledge and skills relevant to what the industries and employers need," he said.

Villanueva said that graduates should also think global and learn things that will open up a wide array of employment opportunities.

As the government agency mandated to promote technical vocational education and training, TESDA and its network of public and private institutions offer a host of courses that can be completed in a short period of time; some even in less than a month .

Currently, there are close to 20,000 programs in these institutions that are registered with the agency.

In partnership with companies, TESDA also has apprenticeship programs that involve actual work exposure and prepare the youth to the world of work.

Villanueva said that most of the universities and colleges will begin the new school year in June, while some like the Ateneo de Manila University and several campuses of the University of the Philippines will embark on a new school year opening in August.

"This gives the graduates three to five months of free time, which can be used productively to enroll in a tech-voc course," Villanueva said.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

P6.6M TESDA Training Programs

The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) has allocated P6.6 million for the conduct of community-based training programs in Zamboanga City.

Tesda Director-General Joel Villanueva said the allocation is part of the P1.022 billion funds that President Benigno Aquino III has allotted for the community-based trainings of Tesda.

Villanueva said the community-based training program is for out-of-school youths (OSYs) who are interested to earn skills to be able to land jobs for a living.

Villanueva said that among the skills trainings that will be conducted for OSYs are welding, computer, and language.

He said the P6.6-million allocation will be divided into the two congressional districts in the city.

He said the OSYs, upon completion of the training, will receive a National Certificate and will be provided with livelihood starter kits.