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The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority is inviting more people to avail themselves of the “Tsuper Iskolar” program, which the agency launched in 2018 in partnership with the Department of Transportation.

The program aims to provide scholarships and livelihood training to drivers, especially those affected by the public utility vehicle modernization. The program also provides beneficiaries and their families with free skills training, skills assessment, and entrepreneurship training.

TESDA chief Isidro Lapeña said “Tsuper Iskolar” was a good program, and that everyone was welcome to apply – although priority would be given to drivers affected by the PUV modernization program, indigenous people, and rebel returnees.

He said the DOTr allotted P300 million for the program for 2019.

"If you would compute that for a cost of P10,000 per training, then we would at least target 30,000 trainees for this year. Secretary Tugade told us he would provide additional budget should the need arises," Lapeña said.

Lapeña said the program did not have a duration and would run as long as needed.

"We have also included the drivers' families as beneficiaries of this program," he said.

Lapeña clarified that courses for the drivers' wives, such as bread and pastry production, cooking and dress making, have lower training cost and would enable TESDA to accommodate more trainees.

"Another good thing about this program is that trainees are given P350 allowance per day. In our other scholarship programs, trainees only receive P160. Our TWSP (Training for Work Scholarship Program) doesn't even provide an allowance," he noted.

Lapeña said some people were encouraged to avail themselves of the program because of the allowance, as this served as an assurance that they would be able to bring home something and buy their basic needs, like food.

At present, the program has about 5,000 enrollees, and about 25,000 beneficiaries if one would include their families.

The program was already formally launched in Regions 1, 9, 10, 11, ARMM, and NCR.  It is set to be launched in Region 7 on Friday, July 5.

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