This was learned in an interview with Dr. Christine Amosco-Picardo, vocational instruction supervisor of TESDA on Sept. 6, 2019.
Picardo said that with the leadership of Director General, Secretary Isidro Lapena, TESDA has never been busier.
"Strengthen employment facilitation in partnership with other government agencies, and encourage technical and Vocational Institutions (TVIs) to be members of industry chambers to better identify the community and industry needs," said one of Lapenas directives which he branded as TESDA Program Action Agenda.
He also urged the TESDA people to "optimize the investment on training. Incentives are to be given to TVIs who are fully compliant with the audits, inspection, with a good record of employment of its graduates to ensure quality."
Lapena in his office order said, "The agency will continue to prioritize and implement scholarship programs for the poor, Indigenous Peoples (IPs), Persons with Disabilities (PWDs), OFW returnees and victims of armed conflicts and calamities."
With this, TESDA is currently implementing scholarships in their schools and other TVIs like the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act (UAQTEA), Training for Work Scholarship Program, and Program on Accelerating Farm School Establishment PAFSE).
There is also the Private Education Student Financial Assistance (PESFA) Special Skills Training for Employment Program (STEP) and the most recent, the Department of Transportation Tsuper Iskolar for those affected by the Public Utility Vehicles Modernization Program (PUVMP).
Tsuper Iskolar beneficiaries can choose to pursue other disciplines or skills training not necessarily related to the transport sector.
As of 2019-2022 TESDA will embark on a two-pronged strategy for global competitiveness and job readiness and for social equity and poverty reduction.
"TESDA will reach out and serve new and more clients and partners with clearer purpose, to transform and improve the lives of the poor and underserved citizens of the country," said Picardo.
As of June 2019, their schools and partner TVET schools have been expanding and are found in almost all municipalities in Eastern Samar, she added. (nbq/PIA 8-E. Samar)
By Ninfa B Quirante