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Feature: Where job creates, job preserves

by Lorry V. Gabule

Iligan City (17 June) -- Providing free training, training support fund and free competency assessment to support job creation and job preservation is what the Pangulong Gloria Scholarship (PGS) program all about.

Kelvin F. Masayon, 20 years old, residing at Barangay Magoong, town of Linamon, Lanao del Norte, is a scholar under the PGS program of the Technical Education Skills and Development Authority (TESDA).

"When our father passed away three years ago, we were so helpless and we felt we could not move because one post of our house had been taken out and it could not stand anymore," Kelvin related.

Kelvin further related, "Our mother, who is a beach resort caretaker, was deeply affected of the loss of our father. She feels weak and crippled the moment she remembered her life with our father. But life must go on, so they say, our mother has stood up and realized she still has four children to be with. Hence, she was able to send our eldest brother to school who earned his Engineering Technology on Material Science at Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology (MSU-IIT), Iligan City. He is now on job seeking."

Through his Aunt, Kelvin knew of the PGS program and went through the TESDA Office to inquire on how to avail and benefit from the scholarship program.

"I was lucky enough to qualify and was enrolled at the Picardal Institute of Science and Technology, Iligan City," said Kelvin.

"I am taking the Shield Metal Arc Welding (SMAW), to be a skilled welder soon," Kelvin proudly reiterated.

"The scholarship grant we enjoyed, through the program of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, has greatly helped us of which there are 44 scholars in our batch and about to finish the 34 days school requirement and will undergo for TESDA assessment," Kelvin said.

"The daily financial assistance we receive has augmented to defray our transportation and food subsistence," said Kelvin.

"We really appreciate the President's scholarship program. It provides opportunity for those out of school and develop their skills and competencies through TESDA's training inputs and applications," Kelvin said. (PIA Lanao del Norte) [top]

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