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PIA Press Release
Thursday, January 26, 2012

TESDA allots P1 billion for training-to-employment program

by Jose Mari Garcia

CITY OF MALOLOS, Bulacan, Jan. 26 (PIA) -- Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) has allocated a total of P1.1 billion for its scholarship program which will initially give jobs to 45,500 trainees upon graduation.

Speaking in the opening of the Central Luzon Regional Skills Competition yesterday here, TESDA Director General Joel Villanueva said P500 million was allotted to the training program on business process outsourcing where 65,000 trainees will be enrolled into.

He said 70 percent or 45,500 of the trainees will be automatically employed in call centers which have continued to boom in the country, absorbing graduates and the unemployed with favorable compensation.

“Technical and vocational students should not be disparaged and discriminated. It is easier to land jobs if you are a TESDA graduate than a graduate of a two-year course,” said Villanueva.

The remaining P600 million will be allocated to training programs on tourism, semiconductor, agriculture and construction.

Villanueva said the rate of employed graduates of TESDA programs under the Aquino administration has increased last year to 55 percent from the 20 percent of the previous administration. He said he hopes the figure will improve to 60 percent this year.

When asked what would be the role of TESDA as regards the new K+12 model of the Department of Education, the former party-list representative said students after graduation will secure a job easier if they will also finish a technical course.

“The passing rate in licensure exams is now low. Where will the others find a job? Students lack educational background to get a job. That’s where TESDA will enter the scene,” said Villanueva in Filipino.

According to labor statistics, there were 564,000 jobless graduates last 2011. They were part of the 2.9 million unemployed workers in the country last year.

“[The Central Luzon Regional Skills Competition] is not only [there] to promote sportsmanship spirit [but also] to show excellence and intelligence and how to be a specialist. It shows that here in TESDA, there is hope and employment,” said Villanueva. (CLJD/JMG/PIA-3)

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