Kalibo, Aklan – Slots are still available for Aklanons who wish to train on carpentry and plumbing provided for free by the Technical Education Skills and Development Authority (TESDA) here.
TESDA is currently providing free training programs for carpentry, welding and plumbing here in coordination with the Congressional District Office (CDO) of Congressman Florencio T. Miraflores, who provided counterpart funds for the trainings.
Congressman Miraflores said the free skills training is TESDA’s and the government’s response to the economic crisis the country is currently experiencing.
According to Ely Arensol, Technical Education and Skills Development Specialist of TESDA-Aklan, slots are still available for trainees on plumbing and carpentry while those for welding are already filled up. TESDA, however, encourages others interested to train on welding, which is emerging as one of the most in-demand jobs abroad to register, so slots will be reserved for them when another batch is scheduled.
Arensol said trainees are not required to bring anything, as tools, materials and equipment will be provided by TESDA.
“This time, trainees will also receive daily allowances. For carpentry and plumbing, trainees will get P60.00 each daily, while welding trainees will get P100.00 each daily,” said Arensol.
In a report provided by TESDA to the provincial government here, it revealed that for 2008, it has allocated about P4.4 million for its various scholarship programs with a total of 565 scholars. These programs include Private Education Student Financial Assistance (PESFA), the President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo Training for Work Scholarship (PGMA-TWSP) and Ladderized Education Program (LEP).
On PGMA-TWSP program, a total of 155 were granted scholarship on the following trade areas: Galing Mekaniko (Automotive); Galing Masahista (Massage Therapy); dressmaking, plumbing and shielded metal arc welding. Free tool kits were distributed to the graduates of Galing Mekaniko Training. Graduates of Galing Masahista and dressmaking also received starter tool kits that they can use in their entrepreneurial activities to make them economically active members of the community.
Meanwhile, the PGMA LEP has a total of 98 scholars enrolled in the food and beverage program.