Journalists, dependents to receive free skills training

Journalists and their dependents can now avail free skills training from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).

This training is possible after a memorandum of agreement (MOA) was signed on July 9 at the TESDA Central Office between the agency and the National Press Club (NPC).

The MOA, which aims to provide training access to journalists and their immediate families, was signed by TESDA Secretary Isidro Lapeña and NPC President Rolando Gonzalo with TESDA Deputy Director General Lina Sarmiento and NPC Vice President Paul Gutierrez as witnesses.

The agreement states that NPC members or any two immediate family members can avail of the free skills training, including the immediate family members of the Maguindanao Massacre victims.

Lapeña explained that this undertaking is part of the agency’s mandate to help alleviate the living condition of society’s marginalized sectors.

“As long as they are qualified to be a TESDA scholar, we are ready to provide them the skills training they need to start something that may help them during this pandemic,” The qualified beneficiaries will be accepted under the Training for Work Scholarship Program (TWSP) of TESDA, which focuses on “Key Employment Generators” (KEGs) in the areas of agri-fishery, tourism, information technology, electronics, automotive, and other priority manufacturing industries.

TESDA is tasked to identify or qualify the Technical Vocational Institutions (TVIs) where the beneficiaries shall be trained according to the agency’s existing rules and guidelines.

The agency will also award National Certificates and Certificates of Competency to the beneficiaries who have successfully finished their courses and passed the assessment.