January 11, 2022

Taguig City – With the Philippines experiencing a surge in COVID-19 cases, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) encouraged Filipinos to avail its free online courses relevant to COVID-19 management.

TESDA Secretary Isidro Lapeña said that the agency is currently offering 10 free online training programs related to COVID-19 management in its TESDA Online Program (TOP).

The courses, according to Lapeña, are Contact-tracing Free Coursera Course; COVID-19 Awareness; COVID-19 General Duties; COVID-19: How to put on and remove personal protective equipment (PPE); Learning Online during COVID-19; Managing TVET during COVID-19; Standard precautions: Hand hygiene; Teaching Online During COVID-19; Health Effects of Climate Change; and Practicing COVID-19 Preventive Measures in the Workplace.

“As COVID-19 cases continue to rise, we are inviting everyone to enroll in our free online courses related to COVID-19 management not just to help prevent the spread of the virus but also to be productive amid travel restrictions,” Lapeña said.

In 2021, health-related courses appear to be the most in demand courses for Filipinos in the TOP. Data released by e-TESDA showed that a total of 397,721 Filipinos have enrolled in the Human Health/ Health Care Sector of the TOP in 2021.

Likewise, Practicing COVID-19 Preventive Measures in the Workplace was the most enrolled course with 369,650 enrollees.

For those interested to register, enroll or view the list of available courses, just visit https://www.e-tesda.gov.ph/.

Meanwhile, Lapeña has also renewed his call to local government units (LGUs) and the private sector to avail its free contact tracing training program (CTTP) and tap its graduates.

It can be recalled that TESDA National Capital Region (NCR), through the MuntiParLasTaPat District Training and Assessment Center pilot-launched the CTTP last September 9, 2020.

Current data showed that a total of 11,056 trainees have so far finished Contact Tracing Level II program, of which, 1,689 graduated in 2020, and 9,367 in 2021.

“Engaging the services of more TESDA-contact tracers at the community level will help prevent the further spread of COVID-19,” the TESDA Chief said.

The Contact Tracing Level II program, which was developed with the help of the Health Human Resources Development Bureau of the Department of Health (DOH) and the health industry experts, runs for 15 days under blended learning modality.

Scholars are given a training allowance amounting to PhP2,400 for the entire training duration, insurance coverage, and additional allowance to cover internet expenses and personal protective equipment. ###


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