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Dabawenyos request more slots for TESDA scholarship program

by Prix D. Banzon

Davao City (9 October) -- The Technical Education and Schools Development Authority (TESDA) in Davao City and Davao del Sur needs additional funds as many Dabawenyos still would want to avail of the scholarship program.

Engr. Nestor Tabada, TESDA provincial director for Davao City/Davao del Sur said during the Davao Business Forum at the MediSpa of SM City Davao said that they still are getting requests from the public especially on courses involving construction.

He said their allocation of P150 million for the 7,000 slots in both areas were already filled up as of July 2009. The slots were part of the 11,521 that were allocated for Region XI and the funds was taken from the P5.6 billion under President Arroyo's priority program on technical and vocational education.

"We are still awaiting for update on the request that was coursed through our Central Office and as soon as we get the funds we will continue processing application," he said.

He said many are interested in construction work and there is a rising demand for skilled welders in various workplaces worldwide.

In a TESDA report it said that the Yangwha Human Resources Corporation, a Manila-based overseas placement firm deploys Filipino welders to contractors of oil and gas refineries and power plants in the Middle East. Its president Acela Quibrantar informed TESDA of the good employment prospects for welders trained under the PGMA Training for Work Scholarships (PGMA-TWSP) project.

The company has a total of 509 welder-scholar graduates of PGMA-TWSP that were deployed in the Middle East, Korea, Australia and Canada. Of this number, 494 have competencies in gas metal arc welding (GMAW) and 115 in shielded metal arc welding (SMAW).

In the same TESDA report it showed that some 179 welders of both GMAW and SMAW qualifications- all graduates of the PGMA-TWSP- have been placed abroad and working in Saudi Arabia, Iran, Qatar, Russia, Australia, and Korea.

Meanwhile Tabada said TESDA has included the training in gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW) in the list of courses supported under the PGMA-TWSP project.

Previously only GMAW and SMAW welding training are included in the PGMA scholarship. The scholarship cost for each of the two courses is P7,000 and P10,000 respectively. Both courses are covered by National Certificate II qualifications.

Welders with GTAW qualifications are more in demand abroad and command higher pay. TESDA has approved training regulations for National Certificates II and IV for gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW), he said. (PIA) [top]

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