DAGUPAN CITY, May 5(PIA) – Some 1, 000 Dagupeño youth received scholarships for vocational courses from the city government, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and the Pangasinan Association of Private Technical Vocational Institutions (PAPTVI).
Leah Aquino, officer-in-charge of the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO), said her office chose the beneficiaries from the rank of the “poorest of the poor” in order to give them a chance to have a better life and better future.
“The beneficiaries are mostly members of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), small fisherfolks and those who really belong to the poorest sector,” Aquino said.
TESDA Provincial Director Manuel Wong said the scholars can choose any vocational course in all TESDA-accredited schools in Dagupan City where they will enjoy free tuition fee, training fee and assessment fee.
Mayor Belen Fernandez thanked TESDA and PAPTVI for supporting the city government’s “Building the Future” Program, pointing out that providing education and livelihood are among the top priorities of the present administration.
“I would like to thank our President (Benigno Aquino III), TESDA and PAPTVI for their overwhelming support to our program (on education),” Fernandez said.
She encouraged the beneficiaries to make the most of the opportunity granted to them to acquire all the knowledge and skills as these are keys for them to get decent jobs and improved life.
In a message, Fernandez shared her personal experience as a businesswoman where her family’s grocery store started with a small store, but through perseverance and hard work, it grew into chains of malls and department stores. (MCA/AMM/PIA-1, Pangasinan with reports from CIO)