Jeepney drivers to get auto servicing, engine repair scholarships

By Monico D. Mekaniko

TAGUIG CITY, METRO MANILA – A scholarship program is expected to benefit jeepney drivers by providing them with additional technical and vocational skills.

About 200 member drivers from the Federation of Jeepney Operators and Drivers Association of the Philippines (FEJODAP) and their kin are expected to receive the training scholarships.

The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) received a P1 million grant from oil firm Petron Foundation for the “Tsuper Dunong” (Driver Knowledge), which opens up tech-voc courses from TESDA's Training for Work Scholarship Program (TWSP).

One of the available courses is automotive servicing, and diesel engine mechanic and repair. Both the driver and their family members who are eligible for the scholarship will be able to apply for these courses in any of TESDA's schools or training centers.

“Learning goes on for our drivers so they would have their hands not just on the wheels, but on things that need expert service such as repair of car engine. The new skills will give them the opportunity to earn additional income for their families,” TESDA Director General Joel Villanueva said.

After completing the training the recipients of the scholarships will undergo competency assessment. Those who pass will get certification and be issued their National Certificate I, which enables them to work in industries where their skills can be utilized.

Petron Foundation is the corporate social responsibility arm of oil firm Petron Corporation. It has been conducting programs to upgrade the skills of members of the transport industry.

Till next time, this is Monico D. Mekaniko, Va-va-vroom!

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