Despite the unprecedented challenges due to COVID-19 pandemic, some underprivileged students can still continue their schooling through the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act (UAQTEA) scholarship program of Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).
UAQTEA was signed into law in 2017 by President Rodrigo Duterte granting free tuition to students in state universities and colleges (SUCs) and diploma program students enrolled under TESDA-accredited schools.
The scholarship program increases the chances of scholars to find a job after the training as CITE diploma offerings considered a key employment generator. Aside from being a good career pathway, the diploma program allows a seamless transition for its graduates to pursue their engineering courses in partner universities through the credit transfer system.
Corollary to TESDA’s messaging on “Abot Lahat”, TESDA Director General, Secretary Isidro S. Lapeña had said during the 2019 orientation, “We must win the hearts and minds of the people through TVET as a solution for stamping out poverty. What TESDA does directly impacts the lives of the people.”