THE TECHNICAL Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and the Department of Transportation (DOTr) have launched the “Tsuper Iskolar” program in Cebu which aims to provide scholarships and livelihood training to utility drivers and provide them with free skills and entrepreneurship training.
A total of 18 transport cooperatives in Cebu and nearby provinces participated in the program which was also launched in the National Capital Region, Ilocos Region, Zamboanga Peninsula, Northern Mindanao and Davao regions, including Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.
TESDA Secretary Isidro Lapeña said everyone is welcome to apply for the program, but priority will be given to drivers affected by the modernization program and their families, the indigenous people, and rebel returnees.
He said trainees will receive a daily allowance of P350. Among the courses they can choose from are Heavy Equipment Operation (Forklift) NC II, Hilot (Wellness Massage) NC II, Food and Beverage Services NC II, Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) NC II, Housekeeping NC II, Caregiving NC II, Driving NC II, Bread and Pastry Production NC II, Beauty Care Services NC II, and Electrical Installation and Maintenance NC II.
Lapeña said the DOTr has allotted a P300 million fund for “Tsuper Iskolar” for 2019. The program will continue as needed. (Maria. Cristina Arayata)
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