Catanduanes is among the three Bicol provinces which got the highest allocation of P5 million from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) for the 2017 Special Training for Employment Program (STEP), thanks to the efforts of Congressman Cesar Sarmiento.
The other weekend, the congressman, together with Dicol Rojas and Bert Gualberto of the Congressional District Office, met with TESDA Catanduanes Provincial Director Elpidio Tuboro and staffer Joevy Areola, to decide which among the various courses will be offered in various towns for said scholarship program. The STEP has been popular among vocational students as it does not only offer national certificates (NCs) after completion, but also daily training allowance and more importantly, toolkits which graduates can use for their personal businesses in their chosen vocational fields.
Also getting the same allocation from TESDA were Albay’s 2nd district represented by Cong. Joey Sarte Salceda, and Camarines Norte 1st District of Rep. Renato Unico Jr. The 2nd District of Masbate (Rep. Elisha Kho) will receive P4 million while the Sorsogon 2nd District (Rep. Deogracias Ramos) will get P3 million.
The 2nd District of Camarines Norte (Rep. Marisol Panotes), 1st District of Masbate (Rep. Maria Vida Bravo) and 1st District of Sorsogon (Rep. Eveline Escudero) were given P2.5 million each while the 3rd District of Camarines Sur (Rep. Gabriel Bordado Jr.) got P2 million.
The balance went to Masbate’s 3rd District (Rep. Scott Davies Lanete) and Albay 3rd District (Rep. Fernando Gonzales), P1.5 million each, and Camarines Sur 4th District (Rep. Arnulfo Fuentebella), P1 million. There was no allocation for Camarines Sur’s 2nd District (Rep. Luis Raymung Villafuerte Jr.).