SECRETARY Joel Villanueva of the Technology and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) recently announced that P100-M in scholarships, out of P300-M in Region 1, has been allotted to Pangasinan.
He urged college graduates who remain unemployed to enroll in technical and vocational courses to improve their chances of gaining a livelihood or employment.
“Vocational courses can be used as a stepping stone in achieving your desired profession as this has no age requirement and not institution based. You can work with your skills and earn to finish your college”, Villanueva said.
He said TESDA will continue its Special Training for Employment (STEP), providing P60 allowance and a starter kit after the completion of the training.
TESDA’s Secretary Joel Villanueva distributes starter tool kits to beneficiaries from 36 towns and cities in Region I during the Pamaskong Pangkabuhayan held last week at the CSI Stadia in Dagupan City. The distribution of starter tool kits such as welding machines, kitchenwares and massage kits is part of TESDA’s community-based Special Training for Employment Program (STEP) to help trainees start their own livelihood. (PIA photo/Roland Naoe)
Villanueva recently handed over starter tool kits like welding machines, kitchenwares, massage kits, among others to representatives of the local government unit (LGU) beneficiaries namely Agno, Alaminos City, Anda, Asingan, Balungao, Bani, Bautista, Bayambang, Bolinao, Bugallon, Burgos, Calasiao, Dagupan City, Dasol, Laoac, Mangaldan, Mapandan, San Jacinto, San Manuel, Sta. Barbara, and Tayug
Meanwhile, Bani Mayor Gwen Yamamoto said her town will adopt the “TESDA sa Barangay” program so barangay folks will have opportunity to train without leaving the town.
She said the initial trainees from Bani are already employed in Cavite.
Mayor Belen Fernandez, meanwhile, hailed TESDA’s programs for helping create employment and entrepreneurial opportunities for the city’s unemployed.
Bani and Dagupan City are beneficiaries of the Grassroots Participatory Budgeting System (GPBS), and received their share last week. (Hilda Austria/ Johanne Macob/PNA)
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