TESDA, DOTr brings Tsuper Iskolar in Central Visayas

July 5, 2019

CEBU CITY – Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, in a continuous partnership with the Department of Transportation, opens up more scholarship slots under the Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program (PUVMP) project initiative, Tsuper Iskolar this Friday at the IEC Convention Center.

This program installment led by the agencies’ officials, TESDA Secretary Isidro “Sid” Lapeña and DOTr OIC Undersecretary Mark Richmund M. De Leon, representing Secretary Arthur Tugade with their regional and provincial directors, and other undersecretaries was attended by over a thousand drivers, operators, and other transportation sector stakeholders from Cebu, Bohol, Negros Oriental, and Siquijor.

18 transport sector cooperatives in Cebu and nearby provinces participated in the said scholarship program as well. Two of the biggest PUV cooperatives in Region VII, Visayas United Drivers Transport Coop (VUDTRASCO) and Cebu Integrated Transport Coop (CITRASCO) attended the program launching.

Both secretaries reminded in their messages that the Tsuper Iskolar beneficiaries are to receive free skills training and assessment, Php350 daily transportation and food allowance, and free entrepreneurship training (for Cluster of Competencies (CoC) qualifications) to aid them in the possible effects of the PUVMP.

Under the Stakeholder Support Mechanism Component of the said modernization system, both TESDA and DOTr will help “provide training on various skills which include qualifications from the metals and engineering sector, electrical and electronics sector, tourism, garments and textiles, automotive and information and communications technology (ICT) sectors, among others,” Lapeña said.

“I appeal to all our Tsuper Iskolars, the beneficiaries of this scholarship program to complete and finish their chosen course or training, and get the proper assessment so they will earn their National Certificates (NC).  Companies on the lookout for skilled workers require potential employees with appropriate NCs,” added the TESDA chief.

Different qualifications in Heavy Equipment Operation (Forklift) NC II, Hilot (Wellness Massage) NC II, Food and Beverage Services NC II, Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) NC II, Housekeeping NC II, Caregiving NC II, Driving NC II, Bread and Pastry Production NC II, Beauty Care Services NC II, and Electrical Installation and Maintenance NC II are already being offered in the regions where the scholarship program is being implemented.

Lapeña, through TESDA’s regional and provincial offices and the Scholarships Management Division (SMD), ensures smooth extension of these skills training aide through comprehensive Quality Management System (QMS) reports.

It can also be recalled that Tsuper Iskolar has already commenced in several provinces in the country, namely: Misamis Oriental on April 23, Zamboanga del Norte on April 29, Davao City last May 3, and Kalinga last June 6. The most recent launching was done in Muntinlupa City on June 28 with more than 800 attendees.

This launching in Cebu is one of the major program kickoffs attended by both top TESDA and DOTr officials.

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