THE Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and the Department of Transportation (DOTr) have signed an agreement that reflects concern over the welfare of people adversely affected by the government’s public transport modernization program.
Under the program, public utility jeeps (PUJs) and public utility buses (PUBs) 15 years old and above will be phased out to ensure the safety of the riding public and even pedestrians.
Signed last December 11, the memorandum of agreement (MOA) calls for the skills training of affected drivers, operators and their families, according to TESDA Director-General Isidro S. Lapeña.
Lapeña and DOTr Secretary Arthur P. Tugade signed the MOA in the presence of TESDA Executive Director Ma. Magdalena P. Butad and DOTr OIC-Undersecretary Mark Richmund M. de Leon.
Lapeña assured that after the training, TESDA is mandated to help the beneficiaries in getting jobs in cooperation with various industries and other concerned state offices and agencies.
Each beneficiary will be given free skills training and assessment and training allowance of P350 a day. The beneficiary driver or operator will get the allowance after his/her training.
“Huwag na nating payagang ma-delay pa ito dahil sayang ang mga taon na pinalagpas at binaybay natin na walang (ganitong) programa,” said Secretary Tugade, an Ilocano like Lapeña.
The DOTr has set aside some P350,000,000 for the training and social assistance to stakeholders to be affected by the government’s Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program (PUVMP).
Under the MOA, DOTr will issue a Letter of Advise of Allotment Release (LAAR) for the transfer of the amount to TESDA, formerly called the National Manpower and Youth Council (NMYC).
Thus, we now call on those affected by the PUVMP to avail themselves of the free skills training of TESDA and DOTr.