CAR gets 10,440 Tek-Bok scholarship slots in 2009
by Lito Dar
Baguio City (15 May) -- In line with the national government's program on education, the government has been continuously investing on technical and Vocational (Tek-Bok) scholarships all throughout the country, through the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).
In 2009, the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) got 10,400 scholarship slots for the TESDA's Pangulong Gloria Scholarship (PGS). 5,004 of the beneficiaries are from the Baguio-Benguet area, 1,419 in Abra, 441 in Apayao, 917 in Ifugao, 1,615 in Kalinga, and 1,047 in Mountain Province.
TESDA also provided free trainings to more than 48,000 beneficiaries. For TESDA's National Certification (NC), TESDA-CAR has given free assessment to 25,199 individuals and certified 19,626 of them, which converts to a 77.92 percent certification.
The PGMA scholarship programs of TESDA provide scholarship coupons for deserving students to enroll in short term courses like bartending, food and beverage, housekeeping, commercial cooking and caregiving that cost from P10,000 to P15,000 per student to longer courses like aircraft maintenance (in Manila) that cost P40,000 per student.
With the goodness from these TekBok programs, Press Undersecretary Rogelio Peyuan is hoping that these will be maintained by the incoming administration to partially help solve the country's unemployment problem of the country.
Peyuan, who is a former Deputy Director General for Field Operations of TESDA, stressed that Tek-Bok skills program is the only way to address the high drop- out rates among students who are unable to pursue or complete a full college course due to financial difficulties.
Peyuan also pointed out that even in developed economies, 92 percent of those who get hired are those with vocational and technical skills, leaving only eight percent for those with formal college education. (PIA) [top]