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TESDA gets P2.9B budget for UAQTEA programs

TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan – Under the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education (UAQTEA) this 2022, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) was allocated P2.910 billion worth of funds.

The funding can only accommodate 53,377 existing learners enrolled under UAQTEA. In previous years, TESDA was allocated a higher budget of P6.9 billion in 2018; P3.910 billion in 2019; and P2.910 billion in 2020 and 2021, for the implementation of UAQTEA nationwide.

Due to budget constraints, new enrollees under the UAQTEA cannot be accommodated. It can be recalled that in April 2017, President Rodrigo Duterte signed Republic Act 10931 or the UAQTEA which gives Filipinos the opportunity to avail of free tertiary education, and to give equal chances for them to receive this from both public and private institutions.

For its part, TESDA implements UAQTEA as diploma program or the Philippine Quality Framework (PQF) Level V. Training duration for UAQTEA lasts for three years. If completed, a scholar can continue the program into a bachelor’s degree.

TESDA Secretary Isidro Lapeña said that scholars under UAQTEA receive benefits such as free tuition and miscellaneous fees, as well as trainee support provisions such as costs for national competency assessment, instructional materials, and living allowance, starter toolkit and workshop T-shirts. Lapeña also noted that technical vocational education and training (TVET) is vital, as those who cannot afford a college degree can take up these courses. “TESDA trainings are very helpful to Filipinos, especially to those who cannot afford to go to college, Lapena added.

In 2021, TESDA produced 17,910 graduates under the UAQTEA. Some of the courses offered under UAQTEA are Diploma in Hotel and Restaurant Technology, Diploma in Information Technology, Diploma in Nursing Technology, Diploma in Agricultural Technology, among others. TNF

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