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TESDA Samar readies GMA scholarships worth P10-M for retrenched workers, jobless

By Ninfa B Quirante

Catbalogan City (February 17) -- As President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (PGMA) tells TESDA to prepare retrenched workers for the electronics sector, TESDA Samar is also stirring with activities for Pangulong Gloria Scholarship (PGS).

In an action plan for 2009 provided to PIA Samar, TESDA has listed the availability of some 1,170 scholarship slots that will be funded with P 10,823,550.00.

Aside from specific Training (scholarship) Cost ranging from P4,550.00 which is the cheapest for Pastry, Cakes and Yeast Based Products good for one month to Building Wiring Installation which is the most expensive worth P13, 560.00 good for three months, trainees are still afforded some P60.00/ day training support fund by the program.

These are short courses but are easily employable according to demand for workers.

Courses like plumbing, carpentry, housekeeping, bartending, masonry, computer programming and others are available for grabs.

According to Mr. Ben Mar a TESDA specialist, this program is available also for those whose jobs have been affected by the global economic crunch.

Should applicants be interested to avail they may go to the nearest school in their area identified to verify for details or visit TESDA-Samar at the Samar Capitol Site, Catbalogan City.

Schools and Training Centers tapped to offer PGS are Basey Manpower Training Center, Eastern Visayas College, Samar College in Catbalogan City and Pinabacdao One Stop Training Center in the second district.

In the first district, they can visit Tiburcio Tancinco Memorial Institute of Science and Technology (TTMIST), Systems Technology Institute (STI) and Christ the King College (CKC) in Calbayog City and Samar State College of Agriculture and Forestry (SSCAF) in San Jorge.

TESDA added that before a trainee qualifies for PGS, he is made to execute an affidavit that specifies his active involvement in the program and to refund the Tek Bok Provider (TBP) in full and the Training Support Fund granted in case of non-compliance with the 80% attendance and participation to qualify for the completion of the training program.

The same candidate will also undergo a pre-qualification process like the National Career Assessment Exam (NCAE) or Youth Profiling for Starring Careers (YP4SC).

TESDA encourages all youths who may qualify to avail of the opportunity.

Based on records, of the 12 trainees for call center agents at the Systems Technology Institute or STI, Calbayog City last year, eight workers have already been hired in call centers in Cebu City. (PIA-Samar) [top]

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