The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) will train selected residents of Davao City and Davao del Sur under a program patterned after the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s cash-for-work program.
TESDA targets to train 1,080 participants. At an average allocation of P20,000 per trainee – to include allowances and tools needed for the course, a total budget of P21.6 million has been earmarked to implement the program.
Eligible to take the training are those between 17 and 55 years old.
Of the 1,080 slots, 480 has been alloted to Davao City (P9 million) and 600 to Davao del Sur (P12 million).
According to TESDA Provincial Director Nestor Tabada, the programs would include training on information technology like animation; tourism, such as bartending and hotel-room management; agricultureand fisheries; and welding and appliance repair.
TESDA graduates an average of 36,000 students from Davao City and Davao del Sur province a year. Of this number, 65 percent acquired skills from different vocational, technical and special courses.
Graduates have an average employable rate of 66 percent, Tabada addded.
As there are more interested applicants than available slots, more seats in the training courses may be opened by local government chief executives and representatives of Congress.