TESDA scholarship program gains appreciation
by Jorie C. Valcorza
Cagayan de Oro City (12 June) -- "I want to acquire more skills to increase my chances of getting hired abroad or perhaps start a small eatery business to support my family".
Thus said Merlinda M. Gillocam, one of the thousands of beneficiaries of the then Training For Work Scholarship program now renamed as Pangulong Gloria Scholarship (PGS) Program.
At the age of 46, Gillocam was pleased to be able to attend formal trainings through the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and its partner Tek-Bok provider.
She enrolled in a commercial cooking class together with her two daughters at the Golden Heritage Polytechnic College, Cagayan de Oro City.
"I learned new ways of preparing cheap but delicious meals, it comes really useful also in preparing food for my family," Gillocam said.
After finishing commercial cooking, Gillocam is planning to take up care giving.
According to TESDA, scholars can still opt to avail of additional courses offered under the PGS Program provided they have completed their first course under the same scholarship grant.
PGS program aims to provide employable skills/competencies to poor but deserving out-of-school youth and unemployed adults to prepare them for employment both in the local and international labor markets.
Meanwhile, Jasmine S. Baquita, a college fresh graduate from Claveria likewise availed of the PGS Program aiming to get hold of a level II National Certificate in Animal Production from TESDA.
Jasmine is one of the 45 Pangulong Gloria Scholars currently enrolled in Misamis Oriental State College of Agriculture and Technology (MOSCAT) in Claveria.
"I am really happy to be included in the available slots. The program is really helpful to me. Aside from the free full training fees, I am receiving P60 per day training support fund for the entire duration of the course," she said.
Through this, she is hoping to boost her qualification and use it as leverage in looking for a job in the country and abroad.
The availment of the scholarship is on first-come first served basis and is open to all applicants 18 years old and above. (PIA-10) [top]