From the Manila Bulletin
Local government units (LGUs) will soon be providing funds for technical-vocational education and training (TVET) projects in their localities.
TESDA, through its regional and provincial offices, has called on LGUs to pump funds into tech-voc training for the youth and the unskilled to help them qualify for quality jobs.
TESDA officials made the pitch for TVET funding to local chief executives of Luzon at the recent regional conference of the League of Municipalities of the Philippines in Subic Bay, Olongapo City. The regional meet tackled among others, local unemployment and jobs training initiatives.
The LGU counterpart funds will beef up the TESDA National Training for Work Scholarship Program (TWSP). A good number of LGUs, especially those that have surplus incomes, can reinforce TESDA’s funds for training to reach more beneficiaries.
Many LGUs, according to TESDA, are currently funding technology-based training based on the needs and requirements of their constituencies. From their current income levels, many LGUs can provide regular budget allocation for skills training and livelihood programs.
For 2011, TESDA got P700 million for TWSP and the Private Education Students Fund Assistance (PESFA) programs.
The additional funds from rich LGUs can be used to boost TVET projects in many poor towns - the fourth, fifth and sixth class municipalities many of which are IRA-dependent for their operations.
TESDA also seeks the help of LGUs in strengthening tech-voc education in their communities. LGUs can help in TESDA’s campaign to close down institutions offering programs which not registered with TESDA and are therefore not compliant with national training regulations.
TESDA offices nationwide hold regular consultations with industry and other stakeholders to improve the TVET training curriculum especially in priority sectors such as agriculture, business process outsourcing, tourism, health and wellness, construction and infrastructure, automotive, electronics, maritime, and telecommunications.
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