MANILA - Officials of Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) appealed to a House committee for an additional P2.8 billion funding aside from their P19.9 billion proposed budget.
According to a statement Thursday, TESDA Director-General and Secretary Isidro Lapeña appealed to the House Committee on Appropriations to provide TESDA with the additional P2.8 billion for various anti-poverty and skills development programs and projects.
Lapeña said the TESDA budget is way below the funding of the Department of Education and Commission of Higher Education although it has an important mandate to help ease poverty.
Minority Leader Bienvenido Abante and Bayan Muna Rep. Isagani Carlos Zarate expressed their support for Lapeña's appeal, saying the agency could effectively address the plight of the poor through the TESDA programs and the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act (UAQTEA).
The House said the P2.8 billion additional funding requested by Lapeña is not included in the National Expenditure Program (NEP) of TESDA for 2020.
For 2020, TESDA allotted P11.436 billion for its programs like Technical Education and Skills Development, Technical Education and Skills Development Regulatory, and Technical Education and Skills Development Policy.