TAGUIG CITY Journalists and their dependents can now avail themselves of free skills training from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).
The opportunity came after TESDA and the National Press Club (NPC) signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on July 9 at the TESDA Central Office in Bicutan, this city.
The MOA, which aims to provide training access to journalists and their immediate families, was signed by T
TESDA Secretary Isidro Lapeña and NPC President Rolando Gonzalo formalized their deal as they put inked to paper witnessed by TESDA Deputy Director General Lina Sarmiento and NPC Vice President Paul Gutierrez.
The agreement states that NPC members or any two immediate members of their family can avail themselves of the free skills training, including the immediate family members of the Maguindanao Massacre victims.
Lapeña explained that this undertaking is part of the agency’s mandate to help alleviate the living condition of society’s marginalized sectors.
“As long as they are qualified to be a TESDA scholar, we are ready to provide them the skills training they need to start something which may help them during this pandemic,” he said.
The qualified beneficiaries will be accepted under the Training for Work Scholarship Program (TWSP) of TESDA which focuses on “Key Employment Generators” (KEGs) in the areas of agri-fishery, tourism, information technology, electronics, automotive, and other priority manufacturing industries.
TESDA is tasked to identify or qualify the Technical Vocational Institutions (TVIs) where the beneficiaries shall be trained in accordance with the existing rules and guidelines of the agency.
The agency will also award National Certificates (NC) and Certificates of Competency (CC) to the beneficiaries who have successfully finished their courses and passed the assessment. (TESDA PIO)
from left to right): NPC Vice President Paul Gutierrez, NPC President Rolando Gonzalo, TESDA Secretary Isidro Lapeña, and TESDA Deputy Director General for Operations Lina Sarmiento during the MOA signing held at TESDA Central Office in Taguig City on Thursday, July 9, 2020.