Less than half of tech-voc schools in Davao Norte qualify for gov’t scholarship

Mar. 15, 2009

Less than half of tech-voc schools in Davao Norte qualify for gov’t scholarship

Tagum City — Only less than half of the technical vocational or tech-voc schools in Davao del Norte have qualified to offer the Pangulong Gloria Scholarships (PGS), the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) said.

Guesting at the Kapihan sa Kapitolyo, Tesda provincial director Aurora Tulo said only 15 of the 35 tech-voc schools in the province have become part of the PGS program implementation.

She said others have yet to meet Tesda requirements among which are the need to re-register the training regulations they are offering and to have their trainors met the assessment qualifications and training qualifications (AQTQ).

Davao del Norte Tech-Voc providers which are offering PGS are ABA Technical Institute of Dujali, Academia de Davao, Aces Polytechnic College, Aces Tagum College, Davao Northphil Institute of Technology, Inc, Davao del Norte State College, DPWH Training Center, East Asian College of Panabo, Endonela Institute of Technology Foundation, Inc., International Spiritual and Material Therapeutic and Massage Tagum City, Inc., Northlink Technological Insitute, Inc., Saint John Learning Center of Tagum City., Inc., Tagum Institute of Technology Foundation, Inc., Tagum City Trade School, and Ventura School of Natural Therapeutics, Inc.

Tulo is expecting more tech-voc schools to complete requirements and be qualified to offer government sholarships.

Available slots for Davao del Norte total only 1,721 but PGS focal and Tesda regional information officer Mafel Negrido-Gamale said the province would possibly be receiving additional slots especially when partner schools show excellence in training PGS students.

On the other hand, Gamale called on PGS scholars and their parents not to divert the training support fund (TSF) for home and personal use other than for fare and miscellaneous training expenses.

Gamale bared instances of past Tesda scholars who dropped out of school because they could not afford to shoulder the fare expenses while on training.

Scholars will sign an affidavit of undertaking which requires them to meet 80 percent of classes and training attendance, “otherwise they will have to refund the training support fund,” Gamale said.

TSF runs from 30 pesos per day to 60 pesos per day depending on the length of hours scholars have to stay on training. (PIA XI/JMDA)

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