Out-of-school youth and drug surrenderers in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) are given priority in training courses offered by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).
“The out-of-school youth and the drug surrenderers will surely avail of the program. We will not leave them hanging,” TESDA Director Secretary Guiling Mamondiong said during a press briefing held here on Thursday, October 27.
Secretary Mamondiong said the agency will continue to implement its current programs even as it has integrated the anti-poverty agenda of President Rodrigo Duterte.
To further pursue an active participation of communities in TESDA’s programs, letters to all 42,000 barangays in the country asking local officials to provide a list of recommended scholars and the kind of skills they need training on have been sent, he said.
The agency’s 14-point Reform and Development Agenda for the next six years are Barangay-based Scholarship Program; On-line Scholarship Application; Technical Audit of TVET (Technical Vocational Education and Training) Schools and Programs; Skills Training for Drug Dependents; Skills Training for Entrepreneurs and Family Enterprises; Skills Training for Inmates and their Families; Inclusive Program for Women; Continuing Program for TESDA’s Alumni; Global Access to/on-line database of TVET Graduates and Certified Workers; Linkages with Agro-Industry; Linkages with State Universities and Colleges and Local Universities and Colleges; Linkages with Foreign Skills Training Institutions; Transparency; and Moral Renewal.
The 14-point agenda serve as the framework on which programs designed specifically for expanded access to TVET by the identified groups would be implemented.
“We are confident that these programs will help empower our people to become more productive members of society. These will give them opportunities through skills training that can either help them start a career or a new business venture,” said the TESDA chief.
The agency’s programs are free of charge to out-of-school youth, persons with disabilities, as well as employed and unemployed residents of the region.
To avail of the free skills training, applicants may visit the TESDA training office in Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao and provincial offices for other areas in the region. (BPI/PIA-10)