Two TESDA scholars grateful to PGMA

August 18, 2009 9:39 am 

MANILA, Aug. 18 — Call center agents today thanked President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo for their jobs.

R-Jay Sero, 24, and Christian John Sagge, 29, are recipients of a scholarship grant from PGMA training for work scholarship program and the Technical Educational and Skills Development Authority (TESDA). They trained with ExcelAsia, a human resource development firm.

The President led the ribbon cutting ceremony at the fifth ExcelAsia Training and Development Center at the E-Commerce Building in Eastwood, Libis, Quezon City.

Assisting the President were Commission on Information and Communications Technology (CICT) chairman Ray Anthony Chua, Quezon City Mayor Feliciano Belmonte, TESDA deputy director general Mila Hernandez, ExcelAsia chairman Miguel Ugarte and ExcelAsia president Rita Trillo-Ugarte.

The President also launched the new ExcelAsia website. She also listened to the testimonies of the two scholars over lunch with the company and government officials.

Sero, a nursing graduate from Cotabato City, said he came to Manila to look for a job. He eventually trained at ExcelAsia for a 15-day training, with TESDA giving him an allowance of P60 per day.

“I thanked the President for the TESDA scholarship,” Sero said.

As a call center agent at Convergy’s, Sero gets P13,000, plus P2,500 travel allowance, He also receives 20 percent night differential.

For this, Sagge, who has a degree of Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (IT), also trained with ExcelAsia. He now receives P15,000 a month at the Telus call center company.

“I thanked the President for my TESDA scholarship, which opened new opportunities for me,” Sagge said.

Ugarte also thanked the President for her support. It was Mrs. Arroyo, she noted that turned BPO into a 6-billion dollars industry. Some 600,000 Filipinos are now employed as call center agents, from a mere 6,000 in 2001. (PNA)

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