The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority has initially qualified 1,200 scholars for the first batch to be included in the project implementation under the Cano “Gwapo” Tan May Trabaho Para saTanan program, Bacolod Councilor Ricardo Tan said yesterday.
“This is the biggest number of scholars approved by TESDA in the country in just one setting,“ Tan said during the general skills orientation program held at the Tay Tung High School covered court in Bacolod City yesterday.
He said the TESDA Central Office is processing the next batch composed of an additional 1,300 scholars and that he is happy that what started as a plan has be become a reality.
Out of the 5,000 who applied, only 1,200 have qualified and about 95 percent of them are residents of Bacolod, he added.
Tan said this will be a continuing program and enrollment is ongoing for those who are interested. They will be posting the names of those who have qualified in their Facebook page, he said
“Today, we are taking the first giant step toward opening a new door of opportunity for the people of Bacolod through skills training that will help them attain their goals in life,” he said.
Tan said they will help provide opportunities and tools to help them to survive. He hopes they will focus on their respective trainings that will help them become experts in their chosen field, he also said.
He said whatever they will learn and whatever training they will get are free. But whatever they will reap out of the training will help them grow and become productive members of society.
A little sacrifice will provide them lifelong benefits, he said, adding that their hard work will pay off later on.
He requested the TESDA scholars, who will start their different skills training modules today, to give it their dedication, Tan said.
“I cannot give you millions of pesos, but I can teach you how to earn millions of pesos,” he said.
Tan said he will help them become successful and find jobs. “I will do my share and you should do your share and let us be partners in improving lives,” he said.
He thanked TESDA through provincial director Joel Villagracia and Secretary Guiling Mamondiong for providing them funds for the implementation of the program, he added.*CGS
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