The Department of Transportation (DOTr) on Tuesday reported that 3,077 of its scholars under the P450-million Tsuper Iskolar program are now employed. 

A project under the Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program (PUVMP), the Tsuper Iskolar Program provides drivers, operators and their relatives to avail of free training, skills assessment, and financial support while enrolled at the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda). 

“I am very happy to see that drivers and their dependents are benefiting from this program,” Transportation Secretary Arthur P. Tugade said. “I want to convey my admiration to our transport partners and their dependents that gave their time and effort to learn, train, and upskill under the Tsuper Iskolar program.” 

Under the program, drivers, operators and other transport workers can choose training and courses offered by Tesda such as driving, automotive repair, or construction.

Drivers and operators may also pass on the scholarship to their children, siblings or other relatives. Each trainee is entitled to P350 per day for their food and transportation costs while undergoing the 30 to 35-day course.

Aside from those endorsed by the transport department’s line agencies, the Tesda also accepts walk-in, online, barangay applicants, and those qualified from organized enrollment seminars or fairs. 

To date, a total of 20,327 beneficiaries have availed of the scholarship. Of that number, 18, 236 have graduated. 

Tugade said there are 270 available slots for those who wish to join the program in the National Capital Region (NCR).

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