MANILA -- Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Director General Guiling Mamondiong is urging the public to avail of the free skills training from the agency.

He said this as he attended the "Serbisyo Caravan" last August 12 in Commonwealth Elementary School, Quezon City.

Participated by various government agencies, "Serbisyo Caravan" was a government initiative to inform the public of the different services they can avail of.

It aimed to ensure that these services will be accessible to conmunities and even in far-flung areas.

Mamondiong said students can avail of the TESDA scholarship program via the Online Scholarship Application, Walk-In Scholarship Application and through the Barangay Skills Need Survey.

"We offer Skills Training Program, Scholarship Program and Competency Assessment and Certification," he added.

Interested applicants may visit TESDA's website at to apply online.

Those who opt to avail of the Walk-in Scholarship Application, may drop by any TESDA branch nationwide.

The public can secure the Barangay Skills Need Survey forms in their barangays, according to TESDA.

Mamondiong explained that TESDA's contribution to achieve social equity is by making technical vocational education and training accessible to more people, especially those who are often neglected.

He emphasized that TESDA has opened its doors to more beneficiaries such as drug surrenderers, former drug dependents and their families, out-of-school youth, unemployed, returning overseas Filipino workers and their dependents, the marginalized sector, family members of AFP and PNP personnel killed or wounded, inmates, detainees and their families.

Meanwhile, other government agencies which also participated in the "Serbisyo Caravan" were the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Budget and Management (DBM), Department of Education (DepEd), Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Department of Health (DOH), National Youth Commission (NYC), National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC), and the Office of Quezon City mayor. (PNA)