The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) has P19 million allocated for Palawan this year for scholarships in Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) programs, Carlos Flores, regional director of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) told Palawan News on Monday.
Flores said that under the newly approved Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act, the government’s support under this scholarship program will include tuition and allowances, including dormitory costs and a daily subsidy.
“Libre yun, libre ang tuition, allowances, dormitory at meron pang daily subsidy,” Flores said.
He added that under the scheme, each scholar can receive between P25,000 to P40,000 in government support every semester.
Flores explained that under the new law, TESDA will be among the government agencies that will implement this program in their TESDA technology institutions including the Puerto Princesa School of Arts and Trades (PPSAT) in Palawan.
“Parang counterpart ito ng K-12. Yung basic education ay K to 12, sa tertiary naman ay ito yun-ang Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act,” said Flores.
“Itong P 19-Million for Palawan ay sa TESDA lang ito, other agencies na kasama sa pag-implement ng batas, ay meron din nito,” he added.
He explained that state universities and colleges and training centers managed by local government units (LGUs) also have their respective allocations. TESDA courses are of varying durations and time frame, depending on the training program, varying from one to three years.
Reyes noted that the P 19-Million allocated for Palawan is more than 20% of the entire allocation for MIMAROPA region which is P 98-million.
He clarified however that an implementing guideline is still being formulated for the operationalization of the program.
“Sa ngayon ay wala pang implementing guidelines, hindi pa dini-determine kung magkano ang para sa tuition, magkano ang mapupunta sa allowances at sa iba pa,” he added.