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PIA Press Release
2008/11/06

Negrenses enjoy TESDA scholarship programs

by Rachelle M. Nessia

Dumaguete City (6 November) -- More than two thousand Negrenses are now enjoying the different scholarship programs facilitated by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) in close coordination with the offices of the three congressmen in Negros Oriental.

In an interview, TESDA Provincial Director Engr. Samuel Jordan said the number of scholars availing of short-term technical courses under three scholarship programs are increasing in every batch in Negros Oriental.

Jordan explained that there are currently three ongoing scholarship programs under the auspices of TESDA, namely: the PGMA Ladderized Education Program (LEP), PGMA Training for Work Scholarship Program (TWSP) and the Private Education Scholarship Financial Assistance (PESPA).

"All three programs are implemented in close coordination with our three congressmen in Negros Oriental," said Jordan.

He said that some P2M is allotted for each of the three districts under LEP and TWSP which comes from a counterpart from TESDA as well as the I Care program from the congressional offices.

PESPA runs on a separate budget as it is a regular program.

The local government units identify the scholars that will benefit for the respective programs in their areas and they will recommend them to the office of the Congressman. Afterwards, the TESDA will screen the recommended scholars, Jordan said.

For LEP, there are currently 41 scholars from the first district; 272 in the second district; and 44, third district.

For TWSP, there are 410 scholars in the first district; 514, second district; and 214, third district while for PESPA, 132 in the first district; 322, second district; and 154, third district.

LEP and PESPA scholars are all high school graduates while TWSP scholars are at least 18 to 55 years old.

Negrenses who are interested to avail of the said scholarship programs can contact their congressional district coordinators at the offices of their respective Congressman for more details (PIA/rmn) [top]

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