MORE than 2.14 million Filipinos have registered in the online programs of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) since the start of the pandemic.
In an interview, TESDA Director General-Secretary Isidro S. Lapeña promoted the enrollment to the TESDA Online Program (TOP) that can be completed at home and at the students’ own pace. By enlisting, he said new skills would be acquired that will lead to the creation of new livelihoods or securing jobs.
“We continue to urge our kababayans [countrymen] to enroll in the TOP,” he told the Philippine News Agency. “Since the start of the pandemic and until now, we remain very consistent in promoting the TOP, [as] we know…it can really help—especially displaced workers and repatriated OFWs [overseas Filipino workers].”
The 115 courses under TOP have so far attracted 1,090,530 Filipinos, with 961,151 completing them. The total includes 72,476 OFWs and their dependents.
Excluding the TOP, 1,209,659 individuals also enrolled in the regular training programs as of December 31, 2021, and have produced 1,129,309 graduates.
A total of 634,799 learners were assessed, and 583,987 were certified in regular training programs as of 2021.
“We are glad that more and more people are seeing the relevance of TESDA online courses during this challenging period,” Lapeña remarked.
Free TOP courses are open for enrollment: from as short as eight hours, to as long as 40 hours.
Some short online courses include Entrepreneurship, Electrical and Electronics, as well as Information and Communications Technology.
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