TESDA gives livelihood toolkits to TVET graduates

BAGUIO CITY (PIA) — The Technical Education and Skills development Authority-Cordillera continues to provide support to technical-vocational education and training students and graduates through provision of livelihood assistance and scholarship.

TESDA-CAR Regional Director Balmyrson Valdez with Benguet Provincial Director Arlene Cadalig, distributed starter toolkits composed of electric oven and hand mixer to 25 Bread and Pastry graduates of the Blue Phenix Skills Training Center Corporation during the Labor Day Jobs Fair opening program at the Baguio Convention and Cultural Center on Wednesday (May 1).

The beneficiaries are scholars under TESDA’s Special Training for Employment Program or STEP, a community – based program that aims to address the specific needs of the communities and promote employment, particularly through entrepreneurial, self-employment and service-oriented activities.

TESDA – CAR officials with the bread and pastry STEP scholars that benefitted from the tool kit assistance. (CCD/PIA CAR)

Scarlet Pablo, a beneficiary from Ucab, Itogon, Benget expressed gratitude to the TESDA program, as aside from
further honing her skills in baking, she said this will also help her earn some money to pursue her  Information Technology

Makakatulong po ito para makapagpatayo ng maliit na negosyo at ma-improve din ang aking skills sa baking na
aking hobby din po,”Pablo said.

[This will be a big help for me to start a small business, and at the same time in improving my skills in baking, which is
also my hobby.]

In the same program,  TESDA-CAR officials  released training support fund of P160 per day for the actual number of days required of the  chosen course  to 254 TVET scholars in various technical-vocational institutions in Baguio City and Benguet.

Beneficiaries include 50 scholars of the  three-year diploma in IT course, 75 scholars of Creative Web Design, 15 for
Shielded Metal Arc Welding, 24 for diploma course in Culinary Arts, 50 for Driving NCII, 15 for Animation NCII, and
25 for Beauty Care Services – Nail Care.

In support  to the Labor Day Jobs Fair, TESDA – CAR with its partner TVIs  also provided a program information booth
and free health and wellness services  such as massage, haircut, manicure and pedicure to employees of participating
government agencies and jobseekers. (JDP/CCD with Novelyn Metua and Patricia Minimo/PIA CAR Interns)

TESDA Toolkit beneficiary Scarlet Pablo of Itogon Benguet, in an interview with PIA – CAR interns. (CCD/PIA CAR)

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