Senate OKs Tulong-Trabaho Bill on third and final reading

Senate has just approved a measure that seeks to address the job skills mismatch of Filipino workers

The Senate passed today on third and final reading a bill which sought to narrow the gap of unemployment in the country by providing free tech-voc training and improving the skills of Filipinos who chose not to pursue tertiary education.

Senator Joel Villanueva, author and sponsor of Senate Bill No. 1431 or the Tulong Trabaho Act of 2017, said the measure sought to increase the funding for technical and vocational trainings by providing for a Tulong-Trabaho Fund.

The fund would be administered by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and would shoulder the fees of selected training programs for qualified recipients as well as the possibility of providing additional financial assistance such as transportation allowance and laboratory fees.

Villanueva explained that consistent with the UniFAST Act of 2015, the Tulong-Trabaho fund would pave the way for productivity enhancement and to complement technological change in the workplace. The Unified Financial Assistance System for Tertiary Education Act or UniFAST Act of 2015 aims to provide scholarships to qualified students who want to go to study but could not afford to go to college.

Moreover, under the Tulong-Trabaho bill, the TESDA Board would approve the list of eligible applications based on the recommendation of the TESDA secretariat. The recipients of the Tulong-Trabahofund would be evaluated periodically to ensure that at least 80 percent of the beneficiaries would be certified after the training program. Failure to meet the passing rate would subject the recipient industry board to performance review and be audited by the TESDA board, according to the bill.

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