TESDA promotes technopreneurship program

DAGUPAN CITY, May 16 — The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) is keen on promoting its TESDA Specialista Techopreneurship Program, which had two batches last year.

Provincial Director Manuel Wong of TESDA Pangasinan said the program aims to transform the technovocational trainees into entrepreneurs.

The idea, presented by Secretary Joel Villanueva in December 2011, gives self-employment to presently unemployed TESDA trainees and forms them into a group to engage in businesses where they are good at, explained Wong.

TESDA provides the group with start-up kits to start their businesses related to good grooming, health and wellness, and restaurant service. They usually stay in a rent-free space provided by the local government unit or they could choose to provide home service.

Minimal fees are charged from customers.

“Whatever they earn, they keep for themselves, they do not pay a single centavo to TESDA, not even their start-up kits,’’ Wong said during the Philippine Information Agency radio program aired over DZMQ on Tuesday.

The groups will be guided and nurtured by a TESDA aide for at least six months. Supplies will also be provided for them to serve the community and earn at the same time.

Presently, there are two TSTP groups in the towns of Binmaley and Lingayen which engage in massage therapy, beauty care and hairdressing.

There are another eight groups in the pipeline. These are the groups in the towns of Calasiao and Mangatarem that specializes in automotive mechanic and small engine repair; Sta. Barbara, San Fabian, Sual, and Bani are into beauty care and massage therapy; and Asingan and Rosales for food and beverage services.

After six months, the group is expected to stand on its own and would have enough capital to continue the business, Wong said. (ANL/VHS-PIA 1 Pangasinan)

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