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PIA Press Release
2008/11/27

TESDA offers Galing training

by JMD Abangan

TAGUM, Davao del Norte (27 November) -- Magaling!

The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) is offering three new employment qualifications which carry an acronym bearing a meaning magaling.

TESDA Provincial Director Nestor Tabada in an interview said TESDA has been making available especially to interested parties in the communities the technical training for "GMA".

Meaning Galing Masahista Ako, Galing Mekaniko Ako, and Galing Magsasaka Ako, GMA has been especially designed for community-based training that could become a source of alternative livelihood of those who don't have jobs.

TESDA has set 120 basic training hours for mechanics training course and 80 hours for both farming and massage training.

Tabada explained that trainings for the GMA qualifications are just the basics of doing massage, motorcycle engine trouble shooting and backyard farming.

"We are providing the systematic way of doing these things so people in the community would find a means of earning a living," he said in an interview.

In Davao del Norte, TESDA has been able to provide eight training sessions for the GMA training regulation has been offered early this year.

Tabada said GMA is just part of the 190 training regulations that TESDA has designed for community-based trainings which, he said, has been in wide array from manicure to bulldozer operation.

TESDA brings to the community its training course through the help of the Community Training and Employment Coordinator (CTEC) who works under the office of the Municipal Mayor.

CTEC identifies the technical training needs of people in a community and facilitates the request for such training for TESDA to conduct.

Tabada said that aside from community-based training, TESDA also offers school-based, center-based and enterprise-based training regulations that would equip workers the necessary skills for employment. (PIA) [top]

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