CEBU CITY, July 5 (PIA) -- Partnering for the benefit of public utility vehicle drivers and their families who would be affected by the Public Untility Vehicles (PUV) Modernization Program nationwide, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and the Department of Transportation (DOTr) are providing scholarships and livelihood trainings not only to drivers but also their dependents through the recently launched Tsuper Iskolar program in Central Visayas.
Eighteen public utility vehicle cooperatives in Region VII, represented by over a thousand drivers, operators, and transportation sector stakeholders attended the launch held at the IEC Convention Center in Cebu City, on July 5, 2019.
TESDA Secretary Isidro Lapena said with a budget of over P350-M, this means there is no shortage of slots given to those who would want to enroll in the program.
Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB-7) Chairman Atty. Martin Delgra III said the program will benefit initially 1,200 PUV drivers and their dependents.
The Tsuper Iskolar beneficiaries will receive free skills training and assessment, daily transportation and food allowance, and free entrepreneurship training for Cluster of Competencies (CoC) qualifications to help them cope with the possible effects of the PUV Modernization Program.
Among the skill offerings of the program are those that can be used as qualifications from the metals and engineering sector, electrical and electronics sector, tourism, garments and textiles, automotive and information and communications technology (ICT) sectors, among others.
The TESDA chief appealed to the beneficiaries to complete the training and secure the proper assessment to earn National Certificates (NC).
"Companies on the lookout for skilled workers require potential employees with appropriate NCs," added Lapena.
Target beneficiaries of the project include, but not limited to, displaced persons affected by the PUVMP, stakeholders who opt to voluntarily exit from the transport industry, stakeholders who opt to continue in the transport industry, new stakeholders in the transport industry, and all family members/dependents of the affected stakeholders up to the third degree of consanguinity or affinity.
TESDA enocugares all the estimated 34,000 PUV drivers in Central Visayas to enroll in the program.
The skills training program will have a duration of 43 days, inclusive of P350 daily allowance. (smb/PIA7)