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PIA Press Release
2009/02/23

PGMA scholarship to boost employment

by BA Recebido

orsogon Province (23 February) -- More than 2,000 slots were given by the national government to Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) provincial office under the President Gloria Scholarship Program to boost further the employability of Sorsoganons.

According to Dante Desuyo, TESDA provincial officer, P24 million was released by the national government for the extensive implementation of PGMA's scholarship or the PGMA-Training for Work Scholarship Program. Some 1,345 slots were allotted for the 1st district and 1,307 slots for the 2nd district of the province.

Desuyo said the program aims at reducing the unemployment and underemployment rate in the country by helping students and the local populace get immediate employment not only in their localities but also abroad. "That is why we really encourage high school graduates to avail of this free skills training under the Pangulong Gloria Scholarship Program," he added.

In Sorsogon, some 20 tertiary institutions are accredited by TESDA and are accepting PGMA scholars for more than three years now. "In fact, several Sorsoganons were already helped by the said scholarship specifically in metal craft where majority are now gaining sure income," Desuyo said.

Priority courses identified by TESDA are shielded metal arc welding, automotive servicing, construction services, bar tending, electronics, agriculture and fishery, health and community development, information technology, tourism, and maritime.

Training package includes the training cost, institutional incentive package, training allowance and assessment fees.

"Availment of scholarship is on 'first come, first serve' basis that is why we encourage interested Sorsoganon to visit right away the TESDA office or its accredited institutions in the province," he said.

Interested applicants shall be at least 18 years old, with birth certificate preferably issued by the National Statistics Office (NSO), and should be physically and mentally fit.

He also explained that the government wants to help not only the academic institution but primarily the poor and deserving Filipinos to enroll in job-directed training programs and earn the corresponding qualification that will enhance their employability, without much cost on their part. (PIA Sorsogon) [top]

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