1,700 Pangasinan youths benefit from P34.7-M C4TP

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan, Mar 3 (PIA) — At least 1,735 youth from the province will benefit from the Cash-for-Training Program (C4TP) of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) launched here recently.

Tesda Secretary Joel Villanueva announced that P1.3 billion was allotted by the national government for the C4TP. Of this amount, P34.7 million was allotted for the scholars of Pangasinan.

“The cash for training program will not only give financial assistance but there will be matching skills training especially now when the world is focused on skills development,” Villanueva said.

Villanueva said it is a must to know the specific needs of the industry and the government is sensitive to these needs, thus the launching of anti-poverty programs. C4TP will give beneficiaries the chance to undergo training for free and land them jobs after graduation.

C4TP beneficiaries were identified by the Department of Social Welfare and Development. Each scholar will receive P20,000 that will be used for training and assessment fees, including allowances.

“It is like an anti-‘tambay’ campaign of the government where poor students and out-of-school youth will be empowered to become Tesda Specialistas,” he added.

Villanueva, who is himself a graduate of Tesda’s Bartending Course, said the program is implemented in two components: the first is the training-for-wage employment where after graduation, Tesda helps the scholar look for a job as wielders, electrical installation or as maintenance crew, among others.

The second component is training for self-employment where Tesda gives its graduates the necessary kit to start their own business in the community.

Tesda Provincial Director Manuel Wong said scholars can enrol in the 33 Tesda-accredited schools in Pangasinan.

Courses offered for the C4TP include: Automotive, Driving, Food and Beverage Services, Commercial Cooking, Bartending, Motorcycle and Small Engine Repair and Maintenance, Wielding, Housekeeping, Computer Hardware Servicing, Electrical Installation and Maintenance, and Animal Production.

The provincial government led by Gov. Amado Espino, Jr was elated and expressed full support to the program during the launch.

He thanked the national government for bringing the C4TP program to Pangasinan which he described as “better than a dole-out program.”

Espino said Pangasinan has no big economic zone, no big factories, and no international airport but it is endowed with the most important key to development which is human resource.

He said that many overseas Filipino workers came from Pangasinan and industry and economic partners come to this province to hire employees. (JCR/VHS-PIA1, Pangasinan) – See more at: http://www.pia.gov.ph/news/index.php?article=411361937499#sthash.uol7xqsM.dpuf

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