• Tesda to launch new program for poorest regions

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    THE Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) is set to launch a new training program that seeks to provide free training on technical vocational (tech-voc) courses in the poorest regions by next year.

    Tesda director general Joel Villanueva said that the agency is planning to allocate the additional funds from the lawmakers’ Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or pork barrel to help indigent youths from the low-income communities get a free training on tech-voc so that they would find a job after graduation.

    Villanueva said the additional P1.4 billion supplemental budget will be used to finance on a community-based training program.

    “We are going to launch the new program of Tesda, which is the Special Training for Employment Program (STEP) by 2014. This [program]would be focused on a community-based training,” the Tesda chief said in an earlier interview.

    Villanueva said trainees will get their training tool kits after the training so that they can start their own business if they do not want to be employed in a private firm.

    “We are looking at targetting the poorest of the poor, especially in the far-flung areas where access to education is very limited. That would be our focused. We will train them. We will give them tool kits also,” he said, adding that the program is aligned based on the local needs. NEIL A. ALCOBER

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