Issue of June 9, 2019
Mt. Province

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‘Tsuper Iskolar’ launched in Kalinga
by Peter A. Balocnit / PIA

SCHOLARSHIP FOR DRIVERS -- Technical Education and Skills Development Authority-Cordillera Acting Director Manuel Wong, Department of Transportation-Cordillera Officer-in-Charge Robert Allan Santiago, Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board Officer-in-Charge Jessie Balagot together with stakeholders of the transport sector and the technical vocational institutions attended the launching of the scholarship program dubbed, “Tsuper Iskolar” at Benguet State University last week -- Contributed photo

TABUK CITY, Kalinga – The Department of Transportation and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority launched the scholarship program dubbed “Tsuper Iskolar,” a training program for drivers and other stakeholders under the Transport Modernization Act.

DOTr-Cordillera Officer-in-Charge Roland Allan Santiago said the agency allotted P350 million for skills training, assessment, and development of training regulations and curricula for the transportation sector from 2019 to 2022.

He urged all stakeholders to avail of the free training or livelihood assistance.

Tesda-Cordillera Director Manuel Wong said target beneficiaries include but not limited to displaced persons affected by the transport modernization, stakeholders who opt to exit from the transport industry, stakeholders who opt to continue in the transport industry, new stakeholders in the transport industry, and family members or dependents of the affected stakeholders up to the third degree of consanguinity or affinity.

Beneficiaries are selected based on the list of qualified candidates from DOTr and transport associations and cooperatives; walk-in, online, and Barangay Skills Need Survey applicants; and list of qualified candidates from organized enrollment seminars/fairs.

Wong said scholarship benefits includes training support fund to cover food and transportation allowance equivalent to P350 per training day attended for a maximum of 35 days. The technical-vocational institute (TVI) or enterprise must not exceed any fee not authorized by Tesda.

Administrative and financial procedures state that payments should be done on the basis of the attendance to the training of the beneficiaries clearly showing that the actual training was conducted by the TVI/enterprise concerned and that the beneficiaries named in the attendance sheet actually attended the training.

Scholars are assured of employment or livelihood assistance after their training, Wong said.

Provincial Administrator Henry Gupaal who represented Gov. Jocel Baac said the Tsuper Iskolar program will greatly help the transport business as he assured the provincial government’s support to ensure its success.

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