The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) has urged Filipinos to avail of 10 free online courses relevant to COVID-19 management given the rising number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in the country.
TESDA Secretary Isidro Lapeña said that the courses may be accessed through TESDA’s Online Program (TOP).
The courses, according to him, are Contact-tracing Free Coursera Course; COVID-19 Awareness; COVID-19 General Duties; COVID-19: How to put on and remove personal protective equipment (PPE); Learning Online during COVID-19; Managing TVET during COVID-19; Standard precautions: Hand hygiene; Teaching Online During COVID-19; Health Effects of Climate Change; and Practicing COVID-19 Preventive Measures in the Workplace.
“As COVID-19 cases continue to rise, we are inviting everyone to enroll in our free online courses related to COVID-19 management not just to help prevent the spread of the virus but also to be productive amid travel restrictions,” Lapeña said.
In 2021, health-related courses appear to be the most in demand courses for Filipinos in the TOP, TESDA said. Data released by e-TESDA showed that a total of 397,721 Filipinos have enrolled in the Human Health/ Health Care Sector of the TOP in 2021.
Likewise, Practicing COVID-19 Preventive Measures in the Workplace was the most enrolled course with 369,650 enrollees.
For those interested to register, enroll or view the list of available courses, just visit https://www.e-tesda.gov.ph/.
Meanwhile, Lapeña has also renewed his call to local government units (LGUs) and the private sector to avail its free contact tracing training program (CTTP) and tap its graduates.
It can be recalled that TESDA National Capital Region (NCR), through the MuntiParLasTaPat District Training and Assessment Center pilot-launched the CTTP last September 9, 2020.
Current data showed that a total of 11,056 trainees have so far finished Contact Tracing Level II program, of which 1,689 graduated in 2020, and 9,367 in 2021.