SAN FERNANDO CITY, July 23 (PIA) — Eighty Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Specialistas from the Technopreneurship Program (TSTP) in Region 1 have already generated a total income of P1.5 million since the start of the program in December 2011 to date, according to Tesda-1 Social Marketing Advocacy Campaign Staff Alea Portia Gomez.
TESDA certified tech-voc graduates who are also referred to as Tesda Specialista usually form groups and are provided with start-up kits.
The kit, which is given free by Tesda to the graduates, costs P6,200 each that include tools and equipment they need in starting a business or services in line with their course.
With eight groups of Tesda Specialistas who are currently servicing their respective communities in Bacarra, Laoag City, Sarrat, Pagudpud, and Marcos in Ilocos Norte; Narvacan, Sinait, and Candon City in Ilocos Sur; Binmaley and Lingayen in Pangasinan; and San Juan and Bauang in La Union.
As of June this year, organized TSTP in the region have rendered services like carpentry/house repair and maintenance, beauty care and wellness, appliance repair, automotive/vehicle maintenance, caregiver, food and beverage, computer hardware, and welding to 11,225 clients.
To ensure the profitability of the services rendered by the Specialistas, Tesda-1 hired job order called “nurturers” to monitor the operations, make daily inventory report of their income, and submit weekly accomplishment report.
For 2012, Tesda targets to expand 40 TSTP groups or 400 Tesda Specialistas in the region.
The TSTP is a project of Tesda that also addresses the employability of certified tech-voc graduates by facilitating gainful activities and offering the option of entrepreneurship aside from wage-employment.
Furthermore, the program is expected to generate decent jobs, develop teamwork, demonstrate excellence in service delivery, organize a nurturing community, and develop values and behaviors of the beneficiaries, said Gomez. (ANL/MBR-PIA 1, La Union with reports from TESDA R1/Alea Portia Gomez)