With lockdown measures still in place, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) is offering free online courses for Filipinos to learn while on lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The agency is offering 68 short, online courses that can be accessed through the e-TESDA website.
There are no requirements for enrolling in a course except for basic computer literacy and enrollees have the freehand on finishing a course at their own pace.
The TESDA online course program was initially offered in 2012 but was recently expanded to accommodate more enrollees after the government quarantined parts of the Philippines and told Filipinos to stay home to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
“Para may ginagawa ‘yong mga kababayan natin, we expanded itong TESDA online natin,” TESDA Director General Isidro Lapeña said.
(So that our fellow countrymen have something to do, we expanded our TESDA online program.)
Among the available courses are fruit growing, massage therapy, bread and pastry production, cookery, housekeeping, personal care services, computer systems servicing, food processing, and automotive servicing.
Those who will finish a course will be given a certificate of completion but those who wish to receive a national certification must take an assessment test at technical schools once the community quarantine measures are lifted.
Lapeña said from March 16 to April 27, a total of 260,000 Filipinos have registered for the online courses, and some 60,000 finished.
The government further extended the lockdown in Metro Manila and other areas at high risk of a coronavirus outbreak until May 15, while the remaining parts of the country shifted to a general community quarantine.
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