TAGUIG CITY, Philippines — The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) might close some programs of around 400 accredited institutions due to non-compliance to the agency’s standards.
TESDA Director General Guiling Mamondiong, says auditing process is now underway to ensure that all the accredited institutions are following the guidelines.
“Para makita natin kung ilang taon silang hindi nagko-comply. Tinitingnan din natin kung ilan ba ang naibigay na scholars dito. Ano ba ang nangyari sa mga scholars na ibinigay natin sa kanila?” Mamondiong said.
(For us to see how many years that they have not complied. We are still checking the number of scholars that were endorsed to them. What happened to these scholars?)
TESDA is also extending the recruitment to the barangay level to reach more deserving scholars.
There are around 42,000 barangays in the Philippines and TESDA is targeting atleast 200 scholars per barangay.
The agency is also ready to grant scholarships to surrendered drug-dependents and returning OFWs who would like to enroll in their programs.
But drug-dependents should complete the rehabilitation program first before they can be accepted in skills training.
Around 700,000 surrendered drug-dependents have been recorded but the government is expecting it to increase up to 1.2 million.
Welding, construction and automotive are among the courses that they can choose from.
“You cannot offer skills training for those who have not tried rehabilitation. They need to be rehabilitated first,” said Mamondiong.
TESDA will also help returning OFWs especially those who recently came from the Middle East.
The agency will assess what other skills they need to gain to get them back on the workforce.
“Bago pa nga sila umuwi dito alam na natin kung anong mga skills ang kailangan nila dito. So, TESDA is prepared.”
(Before returning home, we already know what skills they need here. So, TESDA is prepared.) — Rey Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue
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