Tesda scholar starring in President’s Sona

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014


A FORMER jeepney barker, who is now a supervisor at business process outsourcing firm PanAsiatic Solutions in Bacolod City, has credited the Training-for-Work Program of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) for his success.

"If Tesda is not there to help out, siguro wala rin ako ngayon kung nasaan man ako ngayon. 'Yung way of living namin, masasabi kong mas okay siya compared noong dati," said Mark Joseph Escora, a 25-year-old polio victim who was trained at the Negros Occidental Language and Information Technology Center.

Escora was mentioned by President Benigno Aquino III in his State of the Nation Address (Sona) as among the 223,615 scholars who benefited from the Tesda program funded by P1.6 billion from the controversial Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP).

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A total of 146,731 or 66 percent of those who availed themselves of the scholarships are now employed.

In a video interview introduced by the President, Escora shared his story:

"Ako po si Marc Joseph Escora. Ako po ay isang high school graduate. And through Tesda's help, I have my career in the BPO [business process outsourcing] industry right now."

"I stayed in Libertad public market for seven years. Nagba-barker po ako. Hindi kaya ng pamilya ko na pag-aralin kami nang sabay, so I need to find another way para makapagtapos ako."

President Aquino met Escora during his visit to Negros Occidental last May 15, and acknowledged him during his speech in Sagay City.

Escora's story was featured in a three-minute video that won Best in Video-School category of the 1st Tatak Tesda Video Making Contest last May 1. (NLG)

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on July 29, 2014.

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