December 2, 2022

The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority-Cordillera has started distributing tool kits for its scholars who have finished their respective courses.
Tesda-Cordillera Information Officer Stephanie Nicole Peligman said the 2,711 tool kits are for the agency’s 2019 Special Training for Employment Program (STEP) scholars who graduated in the 16 short courses that include swine production, fertilizer production, production of various concoctions, organic hog raising, raising of organic small ruminant, carpentry, tile setting, plaster concrete and masonry surface, pre-cast balusters, and handrail installation.
Scholars who finished facial treatment, facial make-up, shielded metal arc welding, electrical installation and maintenance, bread and pastry production, bread making, pastry making, cake making, and cold meal preparation will also receive tool kits.
Peligman said the Tesda provincial offices have started releasing the tool kits to the beneficiaries last Feb. 22. Releasing is done per batch to avoid mass gathering.
STEP is a community-based training program that seeks to address the specific skills needed in the communities. It is among Tesda’s scholarship programs that aim to provide free quality technical vocational education and training to deserving beneficiaries in the country.
The skills and tool kits will enable the scholars to generate income on their own through entrepreneurial, self-employment, and service-oriented activities.
Earlier, former Tesda-Benguet Director Vilma Cabrera said they will start releasing tool kits containing the start-up materials.
“The content will depend on the skills training they finished. Those who finished the bread and pastry skills training will get several items including a big oven, a welding machine for those who finished metal act welding course, and sprayer for those who finished crop production,” she said.
Cabrera said the government aims to provide holistic assistance to the people by giving free training to advance the skills and logistical support in terms of supplies and materials.
“The tool kits are provided by the government through Tesda for the scholars of the STEP program, which is aside from the free training and the P160 daily allowance the scholars received while completing their training,” she said.
Cabrera also said for 2021, several scholarship programs are still up for grabs to Filipinos of all ages.
“For the diploma program or the three-year program, we have P80 million support aside from the short courses where we also give scholarships,” she said. – PNA