TESDA chief sees more Filipinos avail of skills training in 2018

MANILA-- Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Director General Guiling Mamondiong thinks more Filipinos will be interested to enroll in the agency's skills training program in 2018.

This is because the Duterte administration prioritizes job opportunities in the country, he explained in a statement.

For Mamondiong, the industries that will boom next year are healthcare, wellness, tourism, business process outsourcing, agriculture and construction.

As he is expecting a surge in the number of skills training enrollees, Mamondiong highlighted that TESDA will need a budget increase, too.

To be able to fund the skills training of about 1.5 million Filipinos in 2018, TESDA will need a PHP24 billion budget, he said.

Currently, the agency's budget is PHP 6.9 billion.

The TESDA said the additional budget, if granted, will be used for the modernization of regional training centers.

Meanwhile, Mamondiong said for those who would like to become caregivers and housekeepers in hotels, TESDA will have a Training for Work Scholarship for them soon.

Also, the agency is currently working on a scholarship program that would help graduates find jobs.

The agency is also working on providing the emergency skills training for overseas Filipino workers as well as those from the other sectors.

Source: Philippines News Agency