TESDA to provide 5,000 scholarships to families of MMDA traffic enforcers

TESDA and MMDA MOA signing

TESDA and MMDA MOA signing

MANILA, Philippines — The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and the Technical Education And Skills Development Authority (TESDA) signed a memorandum of agreement on Monday that aims to help MMDA traffic enforcers refrain from corrupt practices like extortion of motorists.

Under the said agreement, TESDA will grant five thousand scholarship slots to the wives and children of traffic constables.

The monthly salary of a traffic enforcer is P11,000 only, so the program will be a big help in gaining additional income.

TESDA director, Sec. Guiling Mamondiong assured, “We don’t have rejections here. TESDA and MMDA can give you any skills you want to learn. This is a special program of TESDA and MMDA to address the poverty of our MMDA workers and traffic enforcers.”

MMDA General Manager Thomas Orbos reiterated that the program’s aim is to uplift the quality of life of low-income families.

“I even asked TESDA Secretary that if possible, include also the Metro Manila mayors since it will also help their constituents. This is really about livelihood.

Aside from the traffic enforcers’ families, free skills training will also be given to several staff members of the MMDA.

Among them are Concepcion Barsaga and Rowela Tacorda who both plan to use the skills they will learn in opening a part-time business.

“Our earnings are really not enough that’s why we have jobs on the side,” said Barsaga who accepts laundry to augment her income. “This [TESDA training] is a big help for to livelihood.”

Tacorda also appreciates the opportunity, “This is a big help because at least we are able to learn new things such as assisting in hotels which is an easier way to earn.”

The courses offered by TESDA include ones related to the industry of food and beverage, housekeeping, hotel and restaurant management, among others.

The first batch to be given free seminar is composed of 25 MMDA staff members.

The said the program is part of the government’s campaign to stop corruption among its employees and officials. — Joan Nano | UNTV News and Rescue

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