April 23, 2017

It's the end of the road for fake scholars at the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).

This according to TESDA Director General, Secretary Guiling “Gene” Mamondiong who vowed to put an end to fake scholars who were admitted in the agency during previous administrations.

Mamondiong also warned Technical Vocational Institutions (TVIs) nationwide that they would be held responsible if proven that they are involved in facilitating fake scholarships in the agency.

Mamondiong has created “technical audit teams” which will check the equipment and facilities of TVIs while the Barangay Kasanayan para sa Kabuhayan at Kapayapaan (BKKK) scouts for scholars in every barangay.

The “inspectorate teams” have also been activated and make the rounds of TVIs nationwide apart from the “Tendering System” in which training institutions submit their “bids” so that they could avail of scholarships from TESDA after they have passed the agency's technical audit.

Mamondiong said that his administration would not tolerate such illegal practice because it would pave the way for corruption.

The TESDA chief said that the agency also loses a big chunk of its budget due to fake scholars.

A report from the Commission on Audit (COA) showed that fake scholars are widespread in the previous administration in which there was no training session held among institutions and TVIs.

What surprised Mamondiong was that some TVIs could get a voucher or scholarship slot through cohorts inside the TESDA even without the proper training.

Reports said that cohorts who serve as "operators" also get a share of money through the anomalous transactions with TVIs and training institutions.

Mamondiong ordered the provincial and regional offices of TESDA to help arrest the suspects linked to the illegal transactions.