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Cash for Training Project to benefit over 4,000 individuals in ZamPen

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Over 4,000 individuals from all over Zamboanga Peninsula is set to benefit from the Cash for Training Project to be jointly implemented by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

TESDA-9 Regional Director Lorenzo Macapili, during the Regional Social Development Committee IX meeting last week, said Region 9 was allocated P85 million for its implementation. 

“The project, dubbed as TESDA-DSWD Cash for Training Project, will be a nationwide program. Region 9 has an allocation of P85 M for this, and will benefit over 4,000 individuals in a form of training voucher, tool kits, assessment fees, and allowance totaling to P20,000 per beneficiary”, Dir. Macapili said.

Macapili said this is in support to the national government’s thrust of providing a sustainable intervention to improve the plight and condition of the youth, and empower them through skills training and assistance.

According to Macapili the project has two (2) parts, the Training for wage-employment (Trabaho), and the Training for self-employment or Hanapbuhay. The Training for wage-employment will prepare beneficiaries for employment thru skills training. After graduation, TESDA will conduct jobs-bridging activities to facilitate their entry to jobs. Training for self-employment, on the other hand, is aimed to help beneficiaries be engaged in entrepreneurship. The program will be conducted on-site, school-supervised, or thru partner NGOs, Macapili explained.

Macapili said the target of the project is the disadvantaged youths who have been assessed as eligible under the Expanded Government Internship Program of the DSWD.

“As of the moment, DSWD has forwarded to us the partial list of beneficiaries, with over 3,000 identified. We have a total 4,250 benefits, if we divide P85 M by P20,000 per beneficiary”, he said.

Nationwide, the project’s budget is P1.3 Billion coming from the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), and will be downloaded to TESDA for implementation. 

Macapili said they are just waiting for the transfer of the P85 million budget from TESDA Manila and the final list of beneficiaries to start the program. (Michael Vincent D. Cajulao /MVC/PIA9-ZBST)




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