New courses are now available through the TESDA Online Program

TESDA is constantly upgrading its online training platform with new courses. The TESDA Online Program (TOP) now has 114 courses, according to e-TESDA data. PHOTO: e-TESDA website

TAGUIG CITY — The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) is constantly expanding its online training program, with the addition of new courses.

According to data released by e-TESDA, the TESDA Online Program (TOP) now offers 114 courses.

The International Labor Organization's (ILO) Job Readiness, English as a Medium of Instruction, Using Educational Technology in the English Language Classroom, and Microsoft's Digital Literacy are among the new courses integrated into the platform.

The TOP is a web-based platform that provides free Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) to the Filipino workforce for technical education and skill development.

The TOP utilizes information and communication technologies to deliver technical education and skills development services to Filipinos, thereby increasing their chances of finding work or other sources of income.

Meanwhile, the pandemic of COVID-19 has prompted Filipinos to enroll in the TOP. Since its inception in 2012 and through October 2021, the TOP has grown to 3,443,530 registered users.

Since March 16, 2020, when the government imposed travel restrictions in response to COVID-19, 2,006,923 Filipinos have registered in the TOP, accounting for more than half of the total registrants since 2012.

In June of last year, TESDA Secretary Isidro Lapea spearheaded the launch of the "TESDA Abot Lahat ang OFWs" program, which aims to assist overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) affected by the COVID-19 pandemic with skill development.

President Rodrigo Duterte directed TESDA to empower OFWs, particularly those repatriated due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in his state-of-the-nation address.

Additionally, e-TESDA data revealed that between March 2020 and August 2021, a total of 163,750 OFWs and their dependents registered in the TOP.

Lapea urged everyone to take advantage of the agency's online courses in order to remain productive despite the COVID-19 pandemic's mobility restrictions.

"I invite the public, especially those who have lost their jobs or those trying to venture into a new livelihood, to try enrolling in our online classes. This is offered for free. I’m sure you can find a course from the many options that will best suit your need," Lapea said in a media statement.

To enroll or view a list of available courses, please visit https://www.e-tesda.gov.ph/.

After completing a course, TESDA students will receive a certificate of completion. Those seeking a National Certificate, on the other hand, must undergo competency assessment at TESDA-accredited assessment centers. —Tacloban News Update (Source: TESDA/PRESS RELEASE)
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