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PIA Press Release
2008/11/12

TESDA initiates projects vs hunger

Dipolog City (12 November) -- The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) is now initiating projects in support of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's Accelerated Hunger Mitigation Program (AHMP) by extending scholarship programs, educational grants and skills training programs to poor but deserving students.

Poor students who are willing to pursue technical-vocational courses can avail themselves of financial assistance through TESDA's Private Education Student Financial Assistance Program (PESFA). They, however, must have a general average of at least 80 percent.

PESFA grantees can enroll in TESDA accredited courses like healthcare services, maritime, electronics servicing, commercial cooking, bartending and many others.

TESDA Director-General Augusto Syjuco said "there exists a strong correlation between education and poverty reduction and that education can greatly contribute to the growth of the community.

"So we need to train our poor but deserving students to become productive in order to inch out of poverty," Syjuco explained. (CIO/PIA-ZN) [top]

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