May 31, 2017
The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) has started its Emergency Skills Training Program (TESTP) aimed at people from all walks of life, including overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who have settled in the country.
TESDA Director General, Secretary Guiling “Gene” Mamondiong said that TESDA started to accept the application forms of those who wished to be part of TESTP since May 1.
“With this program, we will give the most suitable tech-voc training to our countrymen who have found themselves in difficult times and give them a better shot at finding profitable jobs or the skills to start their own businesses,” said Mamondiong.
Apart from OFWs, among those who will be prioritized in the TESTP are immediate family members and relatives of members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and Philippine National Police who died in the line of duty; family members affected by armed conflicts; family members of MMDA traffic enforcers; drug dependents who have changed and their families; informal settlers, etc.
“We will make these opportunities available to those sectors that we consider to be vulnerable, so that they may find the strength to get back on their feet, recover from their situation, and once again be productive members of our society,” added Mamondiong.
Among the training under TESTP are motorcycle/small engine servicing; prepare cold meals; solar lamps assembly;nihonggo language; hilot (wellness massage); carpentry; process food bysalting, curing and smoking at maintain and repair audio/video products.
Apart from free skills training, TESDA will give free assessment and certification, free starter kit and allowance during the program.