TESDA-Pangasinan clarifies scholarship allotment issue

By Ma. Cristina Arayata

February 7, 2019, 8:12 pm

MANILA -- The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) -Pangasinan on Thursday clarified a news article saying it could not accommodate new scholars because the 2019 budget has yet to be released.

The news report, posted last February 6, said that TESDA's programs were put on hold because the provincial office has yet to receive the fund from the central office.

TESDA-Pangasinan Director Cariza Dacuma told the Philippine News Agency (PNA) that the details were just probably misunderstood.

"It's true that Mr. Modesto Velasquez, our provincial training administrator, was interviewed. I don't know about the students who were interviewed (for that article), but what Mr. Velasquez told them was that some of our trainees in 2018 are still finishing their courses," she said.

According to TESDA, there are trainees who began their training in late 2018, and that these training programs may last until April or May.

"We just need to finish those training programs before we could accommodate new trainees for the new batch this year," Dacuma said.

She said TESDA has allotted PHP84 million to 88 million for scholarships in Pangasinan alone. Target for 2019 is more than 11,000 students.

Last year, the scholarship allocation reached PHP84 million in Pangasinan, and about 11,000 students have also benefited, she added.

Not receiving the 2019 budget as of this time is not a problem, according to Dacuma.

"We can still work on our 2018 budget. Meaning, the classes included in last year's budget allocation are still ongoing," she said. (PNA)