Manila – Senator Joel Villanueva filed a bill that opens technical and vocational training not only to high school graduates who are financially incapable to enroll in college but also to all Filipinos who want to enhance their livelihood skills.
Villanueva seeks to strengthen and widen the scope of the existing Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) programs and training through the Senate Bill No. 1318 or the “Tulong Trabaho Act of 2017”.
Villanueva said that the bill allows more people including unemployed Filipino workers to acquire skills and easily find decent jobs as the needed skills in the market are determined and addressed through the training.
“This bill seeks to ensure that not only high school graduates or those eligible for SUCs (state universities and colleges) will be provided financial assistance, but all Filipinos with potential for gainful and sustainable employment and livelihood,” Villanueva said.
Villanueva explained that his measure seeks to establish a Tulong Trabaho Fund that will provide financial assistance to the qualified applicants.
The fund will be included in the budget of TESDA, Villanueva added.
Applicants will be accepted based on criteria set by the Tulong Trabaho Board headed by the Secretary of Labor and Employment which includes applicant’s income and level of education.