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Abreņos benefit from TESDA's scholarship programs

by Maritess Beņas

Pidigan, Abra (6 June) -- The Technical Education Skills Development Authority (TESDA) has sustained the scholarship program for the Abreņos to prepare the potential labor force for their competency requirements in their quest for more and higher-paying jobs here and abroad.

This was learned from Provincial Director Conrado Maraan who reported that there are 680 slots for the various trade areas and programs like the PGMA-Training For Work Scholarship Program (PGMA-TWSP) and the Ladderized Education Program for this school year. These scholarship programs of the TESDA are available for both degree and non-degree courses.

The PGMA-TWSP are offered to scholars who train on short-term courses on various trades like shield metal arc welding, heavy equipment operator, slaughtering, massage-therapy, spa therapy, bamboo craft, motor servicing. All these trades are carried out within the Provincial Training Center in Pidigan except for the slaughtering which is undertaken in coordination with the provinces of Pampanga and Ilocos Sur.

The Ladderized Education Program, on the other hand, is implemented in collaboration with the Data Center College of the Philippines and the Abra Valley Colleges. Courses offered are commercial cooking, housekeeping, computer programming, computer hardware servicing, and front office services.

Meanwhile, community-based trainings are still conducted by the TESDA. As of this writing, there are 36 trainees from Bucloc municipality who are undergoing training on various trade areas The training which started on April 27 will be completed in July 2009.

Maraan also reported that there are already women who are training in welding at the PTC in Pidigan. He is impressed by the diligence and enthusiasm of the women trainees in this peculiar trade area which is conventionally undertaken only by men. Another trade area where women are getting more involved now is the driving and trouble shooting. (PIA-Abra) [top]

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