From their native land in Negros Oriental, Reynaldo Caseres and Dolrich Alpeche have traveled far and are now making a relatively lucrative living because of hard work and technical vocational education or tech-voc.
Caseres finished an auto servicing course and was hired by the Automotive Holding Group in Perth, Australia. He now earns around P228,000 a month.
Alpeche, a graduate of slaughtering operation course, currently works in Alberta, Canada, and is earning around P122,000 a month.
Last March 3, Director General Joel Villanueva of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), welcomed a fresh batch of 1,000 tech-voc scholars in Dumaguete City who have graduated from their respective courses.
"The success stories of the graduates show us that the tech-voc path can make us go a long way," Villanueva said.
"The opportunities for a National Certificate are vast," he added.
The Dumaguete scholars were part of the audience of 4,000 who graced the mass graduation and distribution of tool kits at the Lamberto Macias Sports and Cultural Center.
For 2015, the province of Negros Oriental has been allocated an initial amount of P10.97 million worth of scholarship for its three programs— Training for Work Scholarship Program, Private Education Student Financial Assistance and the Bottom-up Budgeting.
The programs aim to help ease poverty in communities by making education, through technical vocational training, accessible to the people, especially the poor.
Overall, Region VII or Central Visayas, which includes Negros Oriental, has a total scholarship allocation of P129.72 million that would benefit at least 13,120 students.
Among the popular courses in the province are computer hardware servicing, finishing course for call center agents, housekeeping, shielded metal arc welding, bread and pastry production, automotive servicing and slaughtering operation. END