THE Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) has set aside a total of P159.76 million to finance the skills training of out-of-school youth in the three provinces in Central Luzon.
Tesda director general Joel Villanueva said the fund would benefit 21,434 youths who can enrol in technical vocational education (tech-voc) for free.
“Millions of young Filipinos lack access to education, blocked from their dreams by a few thousand pesos. The government is doing something for them,” Villanueva said.
The funds would be made available to Bulacan province, P58.24 million for 7,952 scholars; Nueva Ecija province, P69.65 million for 9,528 scholars; and Tarlac province, P31.86 million for 3,954 scholars, Villanueva said.
All scholarships will be implemented through the following Tesda programs: Training for Work Scholarship Program, Private Education Student Financial Assistance; Special Training for Employment Program; and Bottom-Up Budgeting.
“Why invest in education, why skills development? Because one can’t take education away. It can’t be eaten up by inflation or washed away during floods. One brings the skills and knowledge wherever he or she goes in life,” Villanueva said.
“Why for this particular event we are focusing on Region 3? Because it is one of the leading growth regions in the country, and this only means investments, jobs, and progress for our people,” he said.
“We want the youth of this region to take the lead in pushing the growth of their respective provinces. Through their skills, they can get employed, improve the living condition of their families and their communities,” he added.
Last Thursday, Villanueva attended the mass graduation of Tesda scholars and inaugurated school buildings in Bulacan, Nueva Ecija and Tarlac.
Villanueva graced the graduation of 2,000 youths in Bulacan who have completed their courses. Those who finished their programs also received starter toolkits to help them get employed in a shorter period of time.