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PIA Press Release
2007/09/27

152 benefit from PGMA-TWSP in Basilan

Isabela City, Basilan (27 September) -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, through the PGMA Training for Work Scholarship Project (PGMA-TWSP), is providing full or partial scholarship grants to high school graduates, employed persons but ready for a career change, and the underemployed or unemployed.

As of 26 September 2007, TESDA Basilan has distributed a total of 152 scholarship certificates. The table below details the distribution by sector.

PGMA-TWSP Certificates distributed by TESDA Basilan as of September 2007 are as follows:

Occupation/Type of Certificate Quantity Distributed Value of Certificate (P) Total Amount (P)
I. Business Process Outsourcing (BPO)
Finishing Course for Call Center Agent35 5,000.00175,000.00
II. Other Industries with Highly Critical Skills
SMAW (Shielded Metal Arc Welding), NCII 4010,000.00400,000.00
HSW (Household Service Worker), NCII 41 5,000.00 205,000.00
Caregiver, NCII 36 15,000.00 540,000.00
TOTAL152 1,320,000.00

The objectives of the project are: (a) to provide skills and competencies to job seekers through appropriate training programs that are directly connected to existing jobs and immediate employment; and (b) to empower TVET private and public education and training institutions to offer relevant training programs that meet job requirements.

As the lead agency in the PGMA-TWSP implementation, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) through its regional and provincial offices, is responsible for the distribution of the scholarship certificates/coupons to interested and qualified applicants.

TESDA Basilan TESD Specialist Faida Latip said an Impact Evaluation Study, especially on the employment of scholars shall be conducted six months after their graduation.

The succeeding table summarizes the different scholarship certificates that are still available at TESDA Basilan. Coupons in other sectors/occupations will be available in the coming months.

PGMA TWSP Certificates Available at TESDA Basilan as of September 2007:

Sector/Occupation Education/Skills Competencies Age Other Requirements
I. Business Process Outsourcing
Finishing Course for Call Center AgentAt least high school graduate18-55Must get an overall score of 55 to 69 in the PRO-SPEAK 7 test
Finishing Course for Medical TranscriptionistAt least high school graduate18-55Must pass the pre-assessment
II. Other Industries
Household Service Worker (HSW)At least high school graduate16-55Must pass the qualifying examination and interview
Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW)At least high school graduate18-55 Physically and mentally fit

For the next four (4) years, the PGMA-TWSP shall continue to provide the necessary interventions to help address labor supply and demand mismatches in the country. (TESDA/PIA-BASULTA) [top]

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