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PIA Press Release
2009/06/12

PGMA gifts Aklanons with scholarships on Independence Day

by Venus Villanueva

Kalibo, Aklan (12 June) -- 150 Aklanons today each received an independence day gifts from the government which may be instrumental in the course of their future: Pangulong Gloria Scholarships (PGS) vouchers from the Technical Schools Development Authority (TESDA).

The scholars/ beneficiaries individually accepts their vouchers from TESDA- Aklan Provincial Director Edwin Villanueva during Kalibo's celebration of the country's 111th Independence Day at the Pastrana Park here.

Kalibo mayor Raymar Rebaldo, vice mayor Nilda Tambong and former mayor Diego Luces who represented governor Carlito Maquez assisted Villanueva in awarding the vouchers/ certificates of scholarships.

Thew PGS is a scholarship program of the government aiding Filipinos to avail of training and skills to enable to get them well paying jobs here and abroad. After their training, they will be assessed by TESDA and be given national certificates which could they use in applying for job. Under the scheme, a scholar's tuition or training fee is provided by TESDA. The scholar is provided daily with 60 pesos training support fund.

Each qualification or course, according to PD Villanueva has a corresponding training amount depending on the duration. Household services training have 5000 pesos training fee, food and beverage services, 3500 pesos; housekeeping, 5000 pesos and commercial cooking 8000 pesos.

Villanueva said TESDA is currently prioritizing displaced workers and displaced OFW's for the training. The 150 scholars are currently enrolled in five technical vocational schools here training on various qualifications/ courses. Some of them are already NC II holders too.

Remelyn T. Andrade, one of the scholars said the PGS is really a big help to her. Only 17 but already NC II holder. She hopes to work abroad but has to wait until she is of age to do so. For the meantime she hopes to find work soon. Ramon S. Doromal, on the other hand said being a PGS scholar is a big opportunity for him. He is already a BS radiology graduate and has gone abroad, but he availed of the scholarship in order to give him a bigger chance to go abroad again on a high paying job.

Jenelyn Villorente, another scholar training on household services, expressed high hopes the training will improve the economic condition of her family. The 6th of 8 children from loctuga, libacao, she said she is very thankful for the opportunity the government provided her.

The training are much in demand, that according to TESDA, they will be holding another bathch soon. (PIA) [top]

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