June 20, 2024

The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority is now prioritizing the implementation of scholarship programs that can help local government units in their Covid-19 response and infectious disease control and management.
The scholarships involve Covid-19 Preventive Measures in the Workplace Barangay Health Service NCII; Contact Tracing NCII; and Barangay Infectious Disease Management Service Level II.
The trainings will be implemented by Tesda in coordination with the LGUs after the Department of Health identifies the priority barangays while the Department of the Interior and Local Government mandates the identified barangay to select the training participants.
Tesda-CAR Director Jeffrey Ian Dy endorsed the training initiative and implementation plan at the joint meeting of the Regional Task Force against Covid-19 and the Regional Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases last Jan. 21.
Dy said first on Tesda’s implementation list is the conduct of a 15-day contact tracing training. All Tesda training centers in the region are capable of delivering such training.
Tesda-CAR hopes to implement the 58-day Barangay Health Services NCII training in all Cordillera provinces by Feb. 14 while the 11-day Barangay Infectious Disease Management Service training will be implemented first in Ifugao and Mountain Province by Jan. 31, then to the other areas by Feb. 14, he added.
Aside from the free skills training, daily training allowance will be provided to trainees. All graduates will be endorsed to their LGUs and the DILG for possible job opportunity.
RTF chair and Office of Civil Defense Regional Director Albert Mogol endorsed the training program to the Cordillera LGUs as it offers an opportunity for them to upgrade the level of their response capability.
RIATF chair and DILG Regional Director Araceli San Jose also lauded the Tesda training programs and encouraged LGUs to hire the contact tracing graduates to help in containing the spread of Covid-19 infections in their community. – Carlito C. Dar