Inmates, drivers get actual job training and scholarships from TESDA

March 13, 2014 9:31 am 

By Lily O Ramos

MANILA, March 12 (PNA)— Schooling is not only confined to the academe but also to inmates who are serving their sentence in various crimes committed when they were yet a part of the outside community.

For technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Secretary Emmanuel Joel Villanueva, teaching inmates a craft or trade that will be useful for life by giving them confidence and pride to work instead of being dependent and troublemakers.

”Being behind bars is not a reason to be idle, you have all the time to learn new things and become productive,” he said.

To do this, Villanueva recently dispatched some of his 16 TESDA Specialists from to give free haircut and new hairdo at the New Bilibid Prisons (NBP) and the Correctional Institute for Women (CIW) to a total of 600 inmates.

With free haircut and grooming kits, the inmates found themselves enjoying their new looks and newfound skills with delight and hope that they would be able to find job or start a little shop when the time comes for them to rejoin the mainstream.

Villanueva hopped from one detention facility to the other to join the YESDA Specialistas in providing free grooming services and encouraging the inmates to engage in skills training that they could later use for earning a living.

At the CIW, the 15 Specialistas who graduated from the Mobile Training Plus Program in Barangay Tumana, Marikina provided the haircutting services.

Villanueva now hopes that TESDA could soon institutionalize the free skills training in detention facilities nationwide.

Meanwhile, through a successful repeat program , jeepney drivers will also benefit from TESDA.

About 200 members of the Federation oF Jeepney Operators and Drivers Association of the Philippines (FEJODAP) and their dependents will have the chance to hone their driving skills and learn new and related trades like automotive servicing and diesel engine mechanic.

”Tsuper Dunong” will provide scholarships for drivers’ training through the Work Scholarship Program (TWSP).

”They should not only learn the proper way to be on wheels but also how to become expert in servicing and repairing their own vehicles or for others,” said Villanueva. (PNA)

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