By Flordelis E. Jackson

NAVAL, Biliran — The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) in Biliran is calling on high school graduates here to avail of the various scholarship grants offered by their agency for the next school year opening in June 2012.

The call was made by Loreta Banario, provincial director of TESDA-Biliran during the Kapihan sa PIA held on Thursday, March 15, live in Radyo Nation – Naval.

The national scholarship include the Training for Work Scholarship Program (TWSP), Private Education Scholarship Financial Assistance (PESFA), a two-year scholarship for Isuzu Automotive Servicing Training, and the Congressman Espina Technical Vocational local scholarship program.

Interested applicants are required to submit to TESDA-Biliran, the following documents: high school diploma, certification of good moral character, photo copy of live birth certificate, National Career Assessment Examination (NCAE) certificate, medical certificate, three pcs. 2 x 2ID picture, and three pcs. 1 x 1 ID picture.

Banario added that for students who may wish to pursue technical vocational courses that are offered only in private schools in Tacloban City in Leyte province, TESDA-Biliran will shoulder the training fee, book allowance, and assessment fee of marginalized but deserving students through the PESFA.

Under this scheme, TESDA-Biliran has partnered with some religious organizations in Tacloban that signified their willingness to provide other costs for boarding house and food allowance.

As of now, she said, TESDA-Biliran is processing the applications for the two-year TESDA Isuzu Automotive Servicing Training intended for indigent high school graduates in the province aged 16-21 years.

The two-year scholarship provides for free tuition fees and course materials as well as board and lodging of the student for the entire duration of the training at the TESDA Auto Mechanic Training Center in Tacloban City.

“I hope that these scholarship grants will be able to help our poor students realize their dreams,” she said.

“All these scholarships are intended to help the students get immediate employment after completing the course,” Director Banario added.

However, she said, TESDA-Biliran scholars must also do their part by making sure they finish the course, and undergo and pass the assessment to be able to get a TESDA certification.

The certification, she said, will prove that the students possess the necessary knowledge and skills and can very well demonstrate the competencies of workers required by the company where they apply for jobs not only here in the country but abroad as well. (EOPT/FJ – PIA 8 Biliran with reports from TESDA-Biliran)

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