Need TESDA-trained plumbers, electricians? There'll soon be a hotline for that

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 05 2019 04:07 PM

MANILA -- The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) on Wednesday said it would launch a hotline that will let the public book plumbers, electricians and construction workers trained by the agency. 

The hotline 911-TESDA will run starting July or August, with the help of several firms set to provide the service's infrastructure needs, said the agency's secretary general, Isidro Lapeña. 

TESDA was still ironing out rates for the labor fees, he told reporters. 

The agency, he said, would also launch a free online app that would provide guides on home repair. 

TRAINING FOR DRUGGIES, EX-REBELS, RETURNING OFWs 

From January to May 29, TESDA also trained 1,290 former rebels, 3,718 drug users and pushers, and 15,745 repatriated or returning migrant workers, according to the agency's data. 

A total of 22,938 indigenous peoples from the Cordilleras also completed TESDA courses this year, said the agency. 

TESDA programs are designed mainly for the indigents, and last for 18 to 34 days, said Lapeña. 

The agency offers 277 training courses in accredited centers or vocational schools, and 51 online courses, he said. 

Courses related to construction, agriculture and tourism boast many employment opportunities, said the official. 

Report from Sherrie Ann Torres, ABS-CBN News