More than 2.14 million people have benefited from TESDA online courses since the start of “Covid”

MORE than 2.14 million Filipinos have enrolled in Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) online programs since the start of the pandemic.

In an interview, TESDA Director General-Secretary Isidro S. Lapeña promoted enrollment in the TESDA Online Program (TOP) which can be completed at home and at student pace. On enlisting, he said new skills would be learned that would lead to creating new livelihoods or securing jobs.

“We continue to urge our kababayans [countrymen] to register for the TOP,” he told the Philippine News Agency. “Since the beginning of the pandemic and until now, we remain very constant in promoting the TOP, [as] we know…it can really help, especially displaced workers and returning OFWs [overseas Filipino workers].”

The TOP’s 115 courses have so far attracted 1,090,530 Filipinos, of whom 961,151 have completed them. The total includes 72,476 OFWs and their dependents.

Excluding TOP, 1,209,659 people also enrolled in regular training as of December 31, 2021 and produced 1,129,309 graduates.

A total of 634,799 learners were assessed and 583,987 were certified in regular training programs in 2021.

“We are happy that more and more people see the relevance of TESDA online courses during this difficult time,” remarked Lapeña.

The free TOP courses are open for registration: from eight hours to 40 hours.

Some short online courses include entrepreneurship, electrical and electronics, and information and communications technology.

Image credits: TESDA/PNA

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