MALOLOS, Bulacan: Gov. Daniel Fernando, through the Provincial Youth, Sports and Public Employment Service Office (Pyspeso) l, opened a total of 586 scholarship slots for Bulakenyos who are qualified to avail free courses through the Special Training for Employment Program (STEP) by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda).
According to lawyer Kenneth Ocampo-Lantin, head of Pyspeso, Tesda allocated a total of P13 million for the program, which includes free training and assessment, starter tool kits and entrepreneurship training from the selected Technical Vocational Institutions in Bulacan.
Interested applicants must be 21 to 59 years of age to qualify. Bulakenyos under the vulnerable sectors such as displaced/repatriated overseas Filipinos, out of school youth, members of Jeepney/Tricycle Operators and Drivers Association, solo parents, persons with disabilities and others will be prioritized.
Upon finishing the program, beneficiaries will gain qualifications from Tesda such as Assemble Electronics Products (Leading to EPAS NC 2); Dressmaking NC 2; Assembly of Solar Nightlight and Post Lamp; Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) NC 1; Tile Setting NC 2; Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) NC 1; Pastry Making (Leading to Bread and Pastry Production NC 2); Cake Making (Leading to Bread and Pastry Production NC 2); Prepare and Cook Hot Meals (Leading to Cookery NC 2); Carpentry NC 2; Plaster Concrete/Masonry Surface (Leading to Masonry NC 2) and Bread Making (Leading to Bread and Pastry Production NC 2).
Meanwhile, Fernando emphasized the importance of providing scholarships to Bulakenyos especially at a time of the coronavirus pandemic.
Applications are being accepted and will be received at the Governor’s Office and will be forwarded to Pyspeso for STEP referral to Tesda Bulacan.