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PIA Press Release
2009/02/14

107 finish TESDA course in Kalinga

Tabuk, Kalinga (14 February) -- Another 107 trainees successfully graduated from the Technical Education Skills and Development Authority (TESDA) in Kalinga. This was gathered from Mr. Greg Bagtang, Registrar of TESDA-Kalinga Provincial Training Center in an interview.

According to Bagtang, 46 of those who graduated were recipients of the PGMA-Training for Work Scholarship Program (PGMA-TWSP), a part of the continuous Handog ng Pangulo sa Manggagawang Pilipino program of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to provide better job opportunities for the Filipino people.

Said graduates who received the National Certificate II (NC II) accreditation are composed of 21 SMAW, 40 automotive trainees, 20 trainees for the electrical course, 18 for electronics and eight for the driving course.

For 2009, TESDA Kalinga will be giving focus on the PGMA-TWSP sponsored trainings in response to the directives of the President to intensify its programs for Filipinos to competently get a work abroad.

Programmed for PGMA-TWSP training slots until December include 100 Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW); 100 for Automotive; 20 for electronics ; 40 electrical; 120 for driving; 100 for construction; 30 for gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW); and 100 Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW).

Bagtang said that the government will continue to provide training especially in the these fields considering the still rising demand of Filipino welders abroad despite the global retrenchment of workers.

It has been noted that Filipino workers are "still in demand aboard and will always find a place in the global job market because they are hardworking, trustworthy, friendly and masters in their own fields."

As stated by His Highness Bahrain Prime Minister Shaikh Khalifa Salman Al Khalifa they want more Filipinos to work in Bahrain because they are all hard working. (ggd/PIA-Kalinga) [top]

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