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TESDA diploma program in Western Visayas costs almost P200-M.

Through the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education (UAQTEA), Western Visayas would receive roughly PHP100 million to PHP200 million for the ladderized diploma programs of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) in 2022.

Diplomas in Information Technology, Hotel and Restaurant Technology, Nursing Technology, and Agricultural Technology are just a few of the programs available through the UAQTEA.

“There are a number of competencies and credentials in our diploma program. In a follow-up interview on Tuesday, TESDA regional director Jerry G. Tizon explained that a certain qualification has an NC (National Certificate) equivalency, so they already have a lot of competencies after three years.

The recipients may choose to pursue a bachelor’s degree after completing the three-year ladderized diploma program because the programs are available in partner state colleges and universities, private training institutes, or TESDA-administered schools, he added.

“Those who are interested should visit our partners’ institutions that provide diploma courses, or better yet, go to our provincial officials distributed over six provinces who handle the distribution of our scholarships,” Tizon added.

Since its inception in 2018, the UAQTEA has benefited 29, 274 Western Visayas residents who chose either the single/bundled curriculum or the ladderized diploma program.

The UAQTEA was established by President Rodrigo Duterte’s signing of Republic Act 10931 in April 2017 to provide Filipinos with the opportunity to receive free tertiary education from public or private institutions.

Scholars enrolled in the diploma program get free tuition and ancillary fees, as well as trainee support provisions such as national competency assessment costs, instructional materials, a living allowance, a starter tool package, and workshop T-shirts.

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