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5,000 TESDA training vouchers slated for Caraga

by Lovely Laudette D. Gamba

Butuan City (June 17) -- Some 5,000 training vouchers will be distributed in Caraga to trained workers in in-demand skills with priority given to displaced workers. Director Florencio Sunico of the Techincal Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Caraga reveals this during a press conference here, in Butuan City, recently.

"Section 2 of the EO 783 states that TESDA shall conduct training in in-demand skills for 5,000 workers in Caraga with priority given to displaced workers," says Director Sunico.

Executive Order (EO) 783 provides for the establishment of employment interventions to save and create jobs as part of the Economic Resiliency plan (ERP) of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

Along this line is the promulgation of the Pangulong Gloria Scholarships (PGS) and implementation of the 2009 TESDA internship program for displaced workers.

The 5,000 training voucher is expected to be released within this year. It is geared towards providing employment to displaced workers both local and overseas.

The identified target clients for the scholarship are the underemployed, unemployed, out-of-school youths and displaced workers.

Recipients of the scholarship must belong to the low socio-economic status. Nonetheless, retrenched and displaced local and overseas workers will be given priority.

To widen the reach of the Pangulong Gloria Scholarships (PGS) the age requirement has been waved, 15 year old young people may now avail of the scholarship. The education requirement for the scholarships is also waved, high school drop-outs may now avail of the scholarship.

The minimal return of investment of the training vouchers is the employment of 60 percent of the technical-vocational education and training (TVET) graduates of TESDA.

"One of our targets is that 60 percent of our graduates should be employed. This way the millions of pesos spent by the government on trainings will not go to waste," says Director Sunico of TESDA.

In Caraga alone, the government has spend around Php 70M for the scholarship grants.

The press conference is in preparation for the upcoming Jobs Bridging and Internship Fair of TESDA-Caraga at Balanghai Hotel and Convention Center on June 26.

The Jobs Bridging and Internship Fair is designed to facilitate employment of displaced workers both local and overseas and provide job pathways to TVET graduates.

The activity will also link employers to the TVET supply in the area and determine whether TESDA training fit with the industry or job requirements. It will be a venue for TVET graduates to find employment. (PIA-Caraga) [top]

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