THE Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) has set aside a total of P75 million to fund free skills training of more than 7,000 out-of-school youth in Cebu province this year.
“For 2015, Cebu gets a funding of P75.78 million for the education of 7,375 scholars. This represents 51 percent of the total budget of P149.12 million for the entire region targeting close to 15,000 scholars,” Joel Villanueva, Tesda director general, said on Wednesday.
Villanueva added that the scholarships are lodged in four programs of Tesda—Training for Work Scholarship Program, Private Education Student Financial Assistance, Bottom-up Budgeting and Special Training for Employment Program.
“Education underpins all economic development. It’s the tool of the most ambitious governments in these technological times,” the Tesda chief said.
Villanueva noted the feat achieved by two Cebuanos—Ingrid Ponce and Myrna Pitaluna—after they graduated from their respective courses.
For lack of money, Ponce could not go to college and thus, enrolled in a tech-voc course that few women engage in—shielded metal arc welding and gas metal arc welding. Finding her niche in this trade, Ponce landed in a job in Japan, which changed the life of her family.
Pitaluna of Toledo City also finished shielded metal arc welding and added heavy equipment operation to her skills. She took additional training to be a certified assessor and trainer. She was awarded as Idol ng Tesda in 2013.
The Tesda chief was in Cebu last week for a series of activities that included skills demonstration, fun run and link-up with the private sector.
The event was carried out through the Training Trabaho Program, which intensified its technical and vocational education campaign to bring in more people to avail of the programs of the agency.