TESDA to tap private sector support in implementing 'Abot Pangarap' program

PASIG CITY, Jan. 23 (PIA) --The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) aims to tap the private sector in helping deserving scholars and organizations attain their dream of upgrading their skills and accessing livelihood assistance funds to improve their lot.

Thru TESDA’s ‘Abot Pangarap’ Program, the agency offers mentorship, coaching, workshops, community service, and exposure to successful local businesses in their community as part of social support and financial assistance to underprivileged scholars, entrepreneurs and organizations (SEOs) with the help of private donors.

According to TESDA Deputy Director General Aniceto Bertiz III, he has been pushing for the active participation of generous private individuals, companies and organizations in providing social and financial support to underserved would-be trainees.

“The coronavirus pandemic has shuttered our dreams.  Most people have been displaced and retrenched from their work, and our students forced to take an academic freeze to help their parents find other sources of livelihood,” he said.

“During natural calamities, generous individuals and organizations responded by raising funds to assist affected families and communities.  We hope to connect them with those affected by sponsoring their skill training and livelihood programs,” he added.

Bertiz, a former lawmaker, has proposed a private-sector driven program which seeks to connect and match promising but underserved scholars, entrepreneurs and organizations (SEOs) with private donors.

“An individual who aspires to reskill and upskill shall be linked with and supported by donor individual, company or organization by bankrolling the costs of the skills training courses offered by TESDA,” he explained.

According to Bertiz, an aspiring entrepreneur shall also be supported to enroll in relevant skills training and livelihood courses and be provided with funding assistance by private donors and eventually be mentored in establishing his business of choice.

“This program gives ordinary people, private companies, and non-governmental organizations the chance to be part of the dream and enable these deserving SEOs create wealth and opportunities for themselves and for others,” he said.

It also encourages the participation of everyday individuals, private firms, and non-governmental organizations as government’s partners in empowering and enabling deserving SEOs attain their dream through skills training and livelihood programs.

To promote transparency of the program, a scholarship e-portal shall be created where qualified donors can view the list of aspiring SEOs looking to meet their financial needs, which includes their brief profile, personal statement, status of application, among others. (TESDA/PIA-NCR)

Source: Philippines Information Agency (pia.gov.ph)

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