35,000 scholastic grants open for NorMin, says TESDA chief

Technical Education Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Director General Guiling Mamondiong announced Northern Mindanao will be getting a total of 35,000 slots in Barangay Scholarship Program by 2017.


During the regional consultation on TVET Reform and Development Agenda and Skills Needs and Priorities press conference on 11 October 2016, this is equivalent to P350 million scholarship grant to finance scholars of barangays get a technical vocational course through accredited Technical Vocational institutions (TVIs) in the region.


Dubbed “Barangay Kasanayan Para Sa Kabuhayan at Kapayapaan,” this barangay scholarship program is aimed to empower barangays in having their own scholars through TESDA.


TESDA will get scholar nominations from barangay captains so that residents from the barangays can avail of these scholarships.


He explained that employment and peace is interconnected. People who are into illegal activities are those without jobs. He said drug dependents are people who don’t have work.


Mamondiong said that based on records, region 10 needs 330,000 skilled workers however TESDA has only provided 58,000. “How can we attain a middle class society if there is no employment?” he asked.


Meanwhile, TESDA is conducting technical audit to all TVET schools all over the country to check whether they are compliant with their programs, trainers, tools, equipment and facilities.


TESDA Regional Director Edgar Sales said that P350M or the 35,000 scholarship slot for region 10 has a very big impact. He said that this would result to improved family income, higher expenditure thus improved economy.


There are about 134 private TVIs in the region and an employment rate of 94.4%. According to Sales, they have already started communicating with the 2,022 barangays in the region with their provincial offices tasked to retrieve confirmation.


However, for those who will not be nominated by their barangay chiefs but would want to avail scholarships from TESDA must simply visit their office or apply online at www.tesda.gov.ph. (JMOR/PIA10)


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