Tesda to offer new scholarship programs in 2013

THE Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) in Davao will offer new scholarship programs that will strengthen the capacity of local talents in the business process outsourcing (BPO) industry in Davao City under the Industry-Based Training for Work Scholarship Program (I-TWSP).

Information technology hobbyists can expect more scholarship offerings from Tesda ranging from website development, software development, visual graphics, and game development that will define their competitive edge in the fast-growing information and communication technology (ICT) industry in the country, especially in Davao City.

Joel Villanueva, general director of Tesda, said the aim of the I-TWSP is to help those unemployed Filipinos land a job, given the expanding ICT industry there is in the city.

Being the employment arm of the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole), he said Tesda-accredited institutions wherein scholars are undergoing trainings have partner firms so that graduates can have jobs six months later.

Villanueva said at least 70 percent of the graduates must be employed within six months after graduation.

For this endeavor, Tesda requested a significant budget from the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) to be poured out for the next wave scholarship grants of I-TWSP next year at P1 billion.

Davao City only has six Tesda-accredited institutions that have available programs that meet the requirement of Tesda. These institutions are Jobs Academy, Tesda-KorPhil Training Center, Bellmec Training and Assessment Center, Philippine College of Technology (PCT), MTC Academy, and Joji Ilagan Bian (JIB) e-Academy.

The current scholarship grants under I-TWSP are animation, finishing course for contact centre, medical transcription finishing course, and software development, which already produced 581 graduates in Davao Region.

Of the 581 graduates, 371 of them have already landed jobs.

Belinda Laya-Torres, president of the Jobs Academy, said employers of I-TWSP graduates will have to pay at least 10 percent to 20 percent of their salaries to Tesda, or depending on the arrangement between the employee and the employer.

Graduates who have not yet found jobs will not be charged. Villanueva said the amount that will be generated will be turned to fund new scholarships grants under I-TWSP.

She said the first wave scholarship program will end by November 31, this year.

ICT president Lizabel Holganza earlier encouraged IT graduates to avail of Tesda's offerings before it will end in two months' time, as the scholarship vouchers will be returned to the national treasury.

She said around P23 million worth of vouchers went to Davao City for the I-TWSP scholarships, which is the biggest compared to other areas in the country.

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