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TESDA has scholarship program for PUV drivers, other transport industry stakeholders

ILOILO CITY (PIA) - - The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) "Tsuper Iskolar" program targets public utility drivers and other stakeholders from the transport industry to capacitate them through skills training.

Jenie Notchite, Senior TESD Specialist and Information Officer of TESDA Negros Occidental said "Tsuper Iskolar" program is included in the eight scholarship programs that the agency is expected to implement this year during the "Hinun-anon," a dialogue initiated by the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) among concerned national government agencies and some stakeholders in the transport industry on March 22 in Bacolod City.

Notchite said the program’s implementation is part of the stakeholders support mechanism component of the Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program (PUVMP) of the Department of Transportation (DOTr).

In 2019, she said TESDA and DOTr launched this program intended for jeepney drivers and other stakeholders under PUMVP.

“So, through this program the transportation sector, especially our PUV drivers, will be provided with needed assistance in the form of skills training,” said Notchite.

To further ensure scholars employment, they are required to undergo the competency assessment and once they passed the assessment, TESDA will issue them the National Certificate (NC). The NC will be their ticket in acquiring a job.

Qualified beneficiaries who will be identified by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) must be Filipino citizens and at least 18 years of age after the training.

Under the program, beneficiaries will be entitled to free training cost, free assessment fee and a training support fund of P350 per day.

Nochite encouraged interested stakeholders that while waiting for the implementation of the Tsuper Iskolar program to avail of the other scholarship programs of the agency.

She also thanked PIA for making TESDA a part of the Hinun-anon activity that gave them a one of a kind opportunity to present and explain their programs and services to the public.

PIA Director General Undersecretary Ramon Lee Cualoping III and Asst. Secretary Katherine Chloe De Castro attended the event. They were joined by LTRFB 6 Director Richard Osmena and officials of LTO 6, DOLE 6 and city officials of Bacolod. (JBG/Laf/PIA6-Iloilo) 

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