Another feather in the cap, a TESDA award has just been garnered for Bohol through Third District Rep. Arthur Yap.
Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Director General Guiling Mamondiong conferred the 2015 TESDA Kabalikat Award on September 22 to Yap for the Legislative Partner Category during the recognition and awarding ceremonies at the TESDA Auditorium in Taguig City.
The “Kabalikat Award” gives due recognition to the agency’s outstanding partners in the promotion and enhancement of Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET).
It is conferred to outstanding institutions, private firms and companies, local government units and legislative partners because of their good practices and contribution in the promotion and development of Filipino skilled workers.
The TESDA Kabalikat Award–Legislative Partner Category is conferred to a congressman or senator whose office had provided exemplary support to and cooperation with TESDA in various activities that lead to the improvement of TVET in the country.
Yap has been recognized as a staunch supporter of TVET as he firmly believes that TVET arms the students with the necessary skills to get them a job or enable them to become successful self-employed entrepreneurs and will eventually improve their lives.
I am very grateful for the national recognition and I would like to extend my heartfelt gratitude to Dr. Francisca Opog and the rest of TESDA-Bohol staff for closely coordinating with my office always on how to successfully implement TESDA programs in the third district,” Yap said.
Yap had facilitated several TESDA programs and accomplishments in the third district in 2015 which included the implementation of Private Education Student Financial Assistance (PESFA).
The PESFA program seeks to extend financial assistance to marginalized but deserving students in post-secondary and non-degree courses; promote Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET); contribute to the development of a competent skilled workforce; and assist private institutions in their development efforts by assuring a steady supply of enrollees to their course offerings.
For the year 2015 (as of August 31, 2016), there had been a total of 192 PESFA graduates in the third district of Bohol.
Of these graduates, 74 are already employed now. The funds disbursed for PESFA in 2015 reached P1,277,881.
Courses offered were Bookkeeping NC II, Cookery NC II, Food and Beverage Services NC II, Bread and Pastry Production NC II, and Housekeeping NC II.
Another program is the Training For Work Scholarship Program (TWSP) which is directed towards filling up the skills gap and job requirements of priority industries and sectors with high employment demand, improving the reach of quality Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) to the grassroots.
The TWSP also encourages technical vocational institutions to offer programs in higher qualifications catering to in-demand industry requirements.
This program provides immediate interventions to meet the need for highly critical skills. Its main objective is to purposively drive TVET provision to available jobs through incentives and appropriate training programs that are directly connected to existing jobs for immediate employment.
There is a total of 947 TWSP graduates in the third district for the year 2015. Total funds for 2015 was P7,260,500.
In the first half of 2016, Yap had facilitated in the third district, the Special Training For Employment Program (STEP) whichprovides entrepreneurial, self-employment and service-oriented activities.
Training programs under STEP are generally short-term and aimed at helping the beneficiaries in barangay communities to make them employable and productive.
A total of 309 STEP graduates from Carmen, Bilar, Loboc and Loay benefitted from the STEP Program.
Courses offered were Small Metal Arc Welding NC I, Bread Making (Leading to Bread & Pastry Production NC II), Perform Manicure and Pedicure (Leading to Beauty Care NC II), Perform Foot Spa (Leading to Beauty Care NC II), Perform Facial Make-up (Leading to Beauty Care NC II), Pastry Making (Leading to Bread & Pastry Production NC II), and Prepare & Cook Hot Meals (Leading to Cookery NC II).