THE Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) has earmarked more than P40.5 million worth of scho–larships to allow the out-of-school youth in the 16 Yolanda-hit municipalities in northern Cebu to avail of free training in technical-vocational education.
“We know the typhoon survivors badly need jobs and money. The free training could unlock opportunities for the young victims,” Joel Villanueva, Tesda director general, said on Saturday.
Villanueva visited the Central Visayas last week to sign partnership deals and hand out scholarship vouchers to the youth.
He urged the residents to learn skills that they could use in rebuilding their communities and starting their own small business.
“From carpentry to welding, to commercial cooking and massage therapy, there are a variety of courses that could help the survivors start anew,” Villanueva said.
The Tesda chief also signed a memorandum of agreement with the Cebu Contractors Association for training, assessment and certification programs.
In Siquijor province, Villa–nueva led the distribution of certificates of training to Tesda graduates and visited the Lazi Technical Institute, a school supervised by the agency. He also met with the local government officials of the province.
In Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental, Villanueva awarded P1 million worth of scholarships to the provincial government represented by Gov. Roel Degamo. Scholarship coupons were also turned over to the Kapisanan ng mga Broadcaster sa Pilipinas in Negros Oriental.


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