27 April 2021
Taguig City – Free data access to the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) online skills training program and other educational platforms of the government has been extended until 2022.

Last April 19, Globe Telecom issued a statement extending free data access to the Globe eLibrary and essential learning platforms of the national government including TESDA Online Program (TOP) until 2022.

TESDA Secretary Isidro Lapeña expressed his gratitude to Globe for helping TESDA reach more Filipinos in need of the agency’s services.

“We are glad to have this opportunity of serving more Filipinos in line with our guiding principle, ‘TESDA Abot Lahat’. Now, our services can reach even our kababayan without having to pay for data costs.” he said.

The free access was offered by Globe to its customers last year to make it easier for everyone to learn and get resource materials from TESDA, Department of Education (DepEd), and Commission on Higher Education (CHED), without incurring data charges on their Globe or TM-powered smartphones.

“We endeavor to help enhance opportunities for self-learning by making quality content available to teachers and students. We hope our customers will take advantage of this free service to DepEd, CHED, and TESDA in cooperation with the DICT and NTC for their online learning requirements,” said Yoly Crisanto, Globe Chief Sustainability Officer and SVP for Corporate Communications.

Data provided by E-TESDA showed that TOP now has 2,905,009 registered users from its launching in 2012 up to March 2021.

TOP is an open educational resource that aims to make technical vocational education and training (TVET) more accessible to Filipinos and widen their chances of employment or sources of livelihood.

There are 85 online courses under various sectors available in the TOP. Some of the courses are “Practicing COVID-19 Preventive Measures in the Workplace”, “Introduction to Food Processing” and “Managing Personal Finances.”

Globe Telecom has been a strong partner of TESDA since 2019 and has been very supportive in forwarding the agency’s mandates.

Earlier, Globe extended communications support to TESDA by providing prepaid load allowing TESDA to easily coordinate with returning OFWs and offer its training programs and services. The prepaid cards will also be used to validate if existing beneficiaries have already completed their training. ###