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LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – Benguet Caretaker Congressman and Anti-Crime and Terrorism through Community Involvement and Support (ACT-CIS) Party-list Rep. Eric Yap urged graduates of various courses of the Technical Education Skills and Development Authority (TESDA) to become ambassadors of technical-vocational education in the province.
Speaking before some 131 graduates of TESDA courses on computer servicing, heavy equipment operation and wielding held in a Baguio-based hotel, Yap exhorted the graduates to share with their fellow youth information on the availability of scholarship grants from the agency for them to be able to acquire additional skills and knowledge they could use to be productive individuals in the future.
He said that the graduates should serve as vehicles in referring other interested individuals from the different municipalities of the province as prospective enrollees to their desired technical-vocational courses of the agency under the scholarship program through the Benguet Congressional District Office.
Congressman Yap informed the new technical-vocational graduates that he was not a good student before but he realized that education is still the best inheritance parents and guardians could give their children as this could not be easily taken away from them.
The neophyte lawmaker pointed out that providing opportunities for the people to acquire the appropriate skills and knowledge from concerned government agencies is part of his efforts to help in elevating the status of Benguet into one of the producers of reliable technical-vocational graduates can be either self-employed or employed by local and international employers.
According to him, equipping people with the necessary skills and knowledge will definitely help in empowering them to become responsible and productive individuals be gainfully employed, especially in these times that most economic activities had been heavily impacted by the ongoing Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
Congressman Yap emphasized that acquiring the appropriate skills and knowledge from courses offered by the different technical-vocational institutions will definitely be a giant step towards equipping and empowering people to be resilient citizens who can hurdle the challenges of the prevailing difficult times and subsequently improving their current situation in life.
Earlier, Congressman Yap also announced the continuation of the Youth Assistance Program (YAP) for senior high school students wanting to continue on to higher education in the various higher education institutions in Benguet and Baguio City as part of the holistic approach to empower the youth to acquire the needed education.
He revealed that the Benguet Congressional District Office is continuously accepting the application of individuals from the province interested to enroll in the different competencies being offered by TESDA for scholarship under the agency’s present programs, projects and activities. By HENT