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PIA Press Release
2007/04/19

TESDA-7: Over 300 benefit from PGMA scholarship program in CV

Cebu City (19 April) -- Over 300 beneficiaries in Central Visayas have availed of the President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (PGMA) Scholarship that offers free training for a short-term course in communication skills enhancement for employment absorption in call centers.

TESDA-7 provincial director Mariflor Liwanag disclosed that the PGMA scholarship was launched last year during Labor Day aimed at strengthening the marketability of jobseekers in areas where employment opportunities are booming.

Apart from the English Language proficiency training, the PGMA Scholarship Program which is basically a 100-hour finishing course also includes enhancement training on legal and medical transcription, according to Liwanag.

Liwanag said since its take-off last May 1, the PGMA Scholarship Program only had numerous takers in the language skills enhancement training with majority coming from Cebu while only three passed in the medical transcription short-term training course with no taker in the legal transcription field.

Under the communication skills enhancement training, each beneficiary is allotted P5T which is equivalent to the training costs while for medical transcription, cost of training is double with P10T per scholar, it is learned.

Liwanag said the medical transcription training course did not take off because only few qualified. They need to increase the number of participants before it can take off to defray the training costs, Liwanag added.

The TESDA-7 provincial director said that in order to pass the medical transcription training course, one needs to have a basic background in sciences.

In order to avail of the program, applicants undergo several qualifying tests to determine their potential capacity and competence so that they could easily be hired by the companies after their training, Liwanag further said.

Liwanag however bared their office will not facilitate their employment to the companies for hiring but rather, they will just assist in giving the list of companies where they can apply after they graduate from the finishing course.

Those who are interested to avail of the PGMA Scholarship Program are urged to visit the TESDA-7 office. (PIA-Cebu/FCR) [top]

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