Tech-voc grads assured of jobs

GRADUATES of tech-voc courses are now assured of getting jobs after the “Tulong Trabaho Act” was signed into law, Senator Joel Villanueva said yesterday.

Villanueva said that Republic Act No. 11230 or An Act Instituting a Philippine Labor Force Competencies Competitiveness Program and Free Access to Technical-Vocational Education and Training (TVET), and appropriating Funds Therefor,  seeks to provide free access to Technical-Vocational Education and Training (TVET) programs. 

The law establishes a Tulong Trabaho Fund, which provides qualified recipients free access to TVET selected training programs (STPs) to be determined by the TESDA Board, which oversees the fund.

“Dahil sa mekanismo na nakalatag sa batas, garantisado po ang trabaho dahil paglalaanan ng pondo ang mga tech-voc programs na akma sa pangangailangan ng ating mga Industriya. Itataguyod nito ang isang market-driven na sistema sa paglaan ng scholarship funds, kaya makakatiyak tayo na may trabahong mag-aantay sa ating mga TVET scholars,” Villanueva said in a statement.

He thanked President Rodrigo Duterte for signing the law and supporting the advocacy of providing better access to tech-voc training.

“Naniniwala tayo na malaki ang maitutulong ng Tulong-Trabaho Act na i-angat ang skills ng ating mga manggagawa kaya nagagalak po tayo at naisa-batas na ang panukalang ito,” he said.

The law establishes the Philippine Labor Force Competencies Competitiveness Program that assesses the prevailing requirement of industries, with the help of the Department of Labor and Employment, which generates studies such as Labor Market Intelligence Reports, among others.

“Tech-voc has proven to be a viable option for Filipinos, especially for those who want immediate employment. In fact, seven out of 10 tech-voc graduates easily find decent jobs due to the high demand for skilled workers here and abroad,” the senator pointed out.