TESDA launches BKPKK

Published October 21, 2016

The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) in Region 6 launched October 19 the Barangay Kasanayan Para sa Kabuhayan at Kapayaan (BKPKK) program. With TESDA Director General/Sec. Guiling Mamondiong as guest of honor, the launching was witnessed by TESDA partners composed of students, heads of training institutions, local government officials and the private sector among others.

A flagship program of TESDA under the administration of Pres. Rodrigo Duterte, the BKPKK is a strategy on poverty reduction that reaches out to provide skills trainings to people especially in the farthest barangays.

Sec. Mamondiong announced that 32,000 scholarship vouchers have been allocated for Region 6 for next year.
“This is good news, compared to the 27,000 vouchers given to you in the previous three years,” he said.

The distribution of the scholarship vouchers will be based on each of the province’s absorptive capacity, Sec. Mamondiong added. This means that distribution would depend on the number of people who have enlisted to undergo the trainings in each province in the region.
TESDA provincial offices all over the country are in the process of wrapping up the listing of interested residents in all barangays. A skills mapping survey was undertaken in collaboration with the Liga ng mga Barangay in the LGUs since the last week of August this year to determine what tech-voc courses interested residents would like to enroll in.

This is one way in which palakasan in the distribution of scholarships can be avoided.

“We will devise a system to ensure that scholarship vouchers are actually given to real people and not just on paper.”

Aside from the increased scholarship allocation, Sec. Mamondiong pledged to address the issue of low assessment rate compared to the number of enrollees. Official TESDA records show that of the 29 million who have enrolled in TESDA trainings, only 10 million have proceeded to undergo and pass the assessment procedures. Additional budget could be allocated to subsidize assessment fees, he said.

He also said that TESDA will have a massive acquisition of state of the art equipment and facilities to upgrade the training and assessment capabilities of TESDA’s training centers to keep up with international standards. This will be in preparation for the forthcoming World Skills Competition in Dubai in 2017.

Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog, in his welcome message, called the BKPKK a milestone government program in the campaign against poverty. He said that TESDA has been the Iloilo City government’s long-time partner in training poor but deserving students and out of school youth through the Technical Institute of Iloilo City (TIIC). Training courses in construction work like welding, masonry, carpentry and construction painting have helped fill the big need for workers in the construction projects of big investors during the past few years.
Mayor Mabilog said that tech-voc has become an agent for innovation and growth as it has greatly helped increase the City’s employment rate from 72% to 94% in 2016.

With Sec. Mamondiong during his visit here were TESDA Board Member Emmanuel Juaneza, an Ilonggo, and Deputy Director General for Operations Alvin Feliciano. (TESDA-Iloilo PO/RO6)

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PHOTO CAPTION: Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog in his welcome address during the BKPKK launching ceremony (1st & 2nd photos).

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TESDA Director General/Sec. Guiling Mamondiong in his courtesy visit to Iloilo Gov. Arthur Defensor, October 19, 2016. (Photo credit: ERRamos/TESDA-IPO)

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