The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) on Tuesday, August 2, reported that a total of 149,268 beneficiaries nationwide have finished various community-based training (CBT) programs for the first half of 2022.
Data from TESDA showed that Region III has the highest number of graduates for CBT with 16,021, followed by Region II with 13,251, Region XII with 12,848, National Capital Region (NCR) with 12,228 and Region VII with 11,477.
The agency said the CBT training programs are specifically designed to answer the needs of the barangays by enhancing the citizens’ productivity through productive livelihood endeavors and self-employment.
It added that it is one of the four training modalities conducted by TESDA. The other three are school-based, center-based, and enterprise-based training programs.
"Aside from our regular scholarship programs, we are also implementing the CBT to address the specific needs of a locality. The CBT is also applicable as we pursue an area-based and demand-driven tech-voc education and training,” TESDA Director General Danilo Cruz said in a statement.
“We will continue to strengthen our programs and forge new partnerships with LGUs and the private sector to better serve our countrymen through skills training and livelihood programs,” he added.
The CBT programs are being implemented with the help of local government units (LGUs), non-government organizations (NGOs) and civic groups, among others.
TESDA said there are over 8,000 CBT programs under various sectors, such as Agriculture, Forestry and Fishery; Automotive and Land Transport; Construction; Electrical and Electronics; Human Health/ Health Care, among others.