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PGMA scholarship program for 2009 to benefit 603,160 Novo Vizcayanos

Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya (16 February) -- Some 603,160 scholarship slots are up for grabs in the province this year under President Gloria Scholarship Program(PGSP), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority(TESDA) officials here told PIA.

Eva Doniego, technical education and skills development specialist said that out of the 603,160 PGSP scholarship slots, TESDA has initially given 960 scholarships to 15 municipalities of Nueva Vizcaya at 64 slots allotted for each town.

The PGSP encourages unemployed graduates to take 18 qualifications or short term courses for the province such as the following: Slaughtering, automotive servicing, building and wiring installation, technical drafting, shielded metal arc welding, refrigeration and airconditioning, consumer electronics services, food and beverage services, front office services, Barista or coffee makers, bartending, housekeeping, commercial cooking, health care services, massage therapy, computer hardware servicing and programming, driving, dressmaking.

"These courses or qualifications are in demand in the country and abroad," Doniego explained adding that the program aims to address structural employment and endemic poverty in the country.

She said it is also implemented to bring at least the average 330,000 graduates in the country each year.

Under the PGSP, scholars are given training costs or tuition fees depending on their preferred courses or qualifications; training support fund in the form of a P60.00 daily allowance and an assessment fee of P500.00. (PIA NVizcaya) [top]

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