In the recently concluded Regional TVET Forum on the Reform and Development Agenda and the Regional Consultation on the Skills Needs and Priorities, Secretary Guiling A. Mamondiong, TESDA Director General pledged 10,000 scholarship slots for the remaining months of 2016 and 35,000 slots for 2017 to be released in the first quarter of the said year. The total number broke records as it exceeded the scholarship grants for 2014 and 2015 combined.
The announcement was received with enthusiasm from the TVI representatives and TESDA officials.
Sec. Mamondiong emphasized the need for TVET accessibility and with this the online scholarship application was put into place. The TESDA online scholarship application will make scholarship more accessible to the public. Interested scholarship applicants can access the website anytime and anywhere at www.tesda.gov.ph.
In line with the current administration’s drive for inclusive growth, the Barangay Kasanayan para sa Kabuhayan at Kapayapaan was launched. This aims to bring the services of TESDA closer to the rural areas and allows easier access for skills training to each barangay.
With this development, the TESDA Director General also pledged to help drug dependents and their immediate families. TESDA will be opening skills training for drug dependents to equip them with skills, providing them the opportunity for employment and eventually making them productive citizens of the society.
Along with TESDA Director General Guiling Mamondiong, the Deputy Director General for TESD Operations DG Alvin S. Feliciano, Executive Director Ma. Susan P. Dela Rama, Dir. Juliet Loria and Dir. Cariza Dacuma graced the consultation.
The attendance to the consultation reached more than 200 participants which were composed of industry representatives, marginalized groups (IPs, women), NGOs, members of the academe, LGU representatives and technical vocational institutions.