By ANA -LIZA S. MACATANGAY
NAGA CITY — A scholarship grant amounting to more or less ₱13.5M has been allotted by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) to 2,500 student-beneficiaries coming from 25 technical and vocational colleges in Camarines Sur and this city.
The scholarship vouchers carry with it a package of fresh opportunities, a once in a lifetime chance to choose which career path to pursue and a gateway to a better future. This is by earning a technical vocational education and training (TVET) certificate and a great chance to land a job after finishing a particular course accredited by TESDA.
TESDA Director General Secretary Joel J. Villanueva personally distributed the scholarship vouchers to tech-voc school representatives during the simple awarding rites, held Wednesday at The Tent , Avenue Square, here. Thousands of scholars witnessed the event, together with members of the local media, TESDA Provincial Directors and other stakeholders.
TESDA Scholarship voucher recipients include Worldtech Resources Foundation Institute, Inc. and University of Saint Anthony both in Iriga City; PTC Libmanan, RTC Pili, Ryden International Training Institute, SPJ Institute of Technology and Training Center, located in Naga, Pili and Tinambac respectively. AMA Computer Colleges in Iriga, CamSur Intl. School, Inc., CAMO College, Inc., and CASIFMAS Pasacao and Ragay Campus.
Other techvoc schools who received the grant include Naga International Training Center, Oliveros College, Inc.; Phil. Computer College and Business Administration, Inc., Philippine Computer Foundation College, Inc., Fatima School of Science and Technology, Inc., Global Site for IT Studies , Inc. located in Naga, Iriga and Goa; I-Connect Global Institute Inc., IT Institute of Asia and America and Computer Communication Devt., Inc. Naga.
Villanueva, in his speech, chose to define TESDA as an agency that transforms lives by giving a person an opportunity to grow and be socially attuned and economically productive. He shared numerous inspirational stories that served as living testimonies of what TESDA education has done to change the lives of the people who dared to choose the path less taken.
“We want to dispel the wrong notion that only a 4-degree college course can bring you to the fulfillment of your dream. Proofs of these are a lot of inspiring stories that came from a simple dream. These people lived their dream by choosing TESDA and eventually came with a power to change their lives. I hope that our scholars present here today will also have the same inspiration.”
Villanueva also shared the significance of International Organization for Standardization or ISO Certification to an agency like TESDA who got the seal of excellence in technical-vocational education and training. TESDA was recently bestowed with a nationwide ISO 9001:2008 certification. This would entail a higher recognition of TESDA graduates.
TESDA releases ₱13.5 million scholarship grants for Camarines Sur
By ANA -LIZA S. MACATANGAY