Tesda launches 2 training programs

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Monday, February 4, 2013


TWO training programs were launched last week that are intended to help women who own small convenience stores and more than 3,000 poor individuals in Central Visayas.

Director General Joel Villanueva of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) launched in Mandaue last Wednesday the Sari-Sari Store Training and Access to Resources (S3TAR) and Cash for Training Project (C4TP).

Its partners are Coca-Cola Export Corp. for the former and the Department of Social Welfare and Development for the latter program.

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S3TAR, which started in Palawan last year, is a campaign for women 18 years old and above who run small stores in Palawan, Pampanga, Tarlac, Nueva Ecija, National Capital Region, Cebu, Davao, Bacolod, Misamis Oriental and Cagayan.

The program will provide basic entrepreneurial mentoring such as financial literacy training to 1,000 women sari-sari store owners in Bogo, Balamban and beneficiaries of the Cebu Federation of Women’s Clubs Inc. (CFWCI).

Tesda reported that 99 women have so far passed out of the 300 target in Bogo, while Balamban has 126 registrants out of 200. CFWCI has logged 218 beneficiaries and is aiming for 500.

Training in Bogo is ongoing, while other participants will start in February.

Coca-Cola director for public affairs and communications Adel Tamano said they are aiming to recruit at least 10,000 Filipinas for S3TAR this year and 100,000 more until 2020.

Meanwhile, the scholarship program C4TP is offered to disadvantaged youth, for them to land jobs that match their skills.

According to Tesda, 3,286 scholarships will be granted to indigent beneficiaries in Central Visayas aged 18 to 30 years old.

The recipients can choose either training for wage or self-employment. Training for wage employment is available through Tesda-accredited providers, and the agency will arrange for “job bridging” for those who complete the programs.

Those who want to be self-employed can avail themselves of the training in partner-schools or non-government organizations.

The training courses are animal production, automotive servicing, carpentry, plumbing, electronic servicing, dressmaking, tailoring, bartending, commercial cooking, housekeeping, food and beverage services, bread and pastry production, and shielded metal arc welding.

According to Villanueva, C4TP was allocated P1.3 billion, targeting at least 65,000 participants nationwide and at least 4,000 in Region 7, which was allotted P161 million.

As of Wednesday, they have enlisted over 3,000 enrollees in Region 7.

At least P20,000 is reserved for each trainee, who will also get allowances.

Participants, however, are screened to ensure that the government’s money is not wasted, said Villanueva.

Although he finds C4TP a challenging project, he is confident it will alter the mindsets of participants and influence them to become better citizens.

Villanueva also pointed out that Tesda launched last Jan. 24 its app for Android users. TESDA’s online job portal has more than 50,000 enrollees, both local and abroad.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on February 05, 2013.

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