With continuous surge in Covid-19 cases in the country, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) urged Filipinos to avail of its free online courses related to management of the health crisis.
Tesda Secretary Isidro Lapeña said the agency now offers 10 free online training programs relevant to handling the pandemic in its Tesda Online Program (TOP).
These courses are Contact-tracing Free Coursera Course; Covid-19 Awareness; Covid-19 General Duties; Covid-19: How to put on and remove personal protective equipment (PPE); Learning Online during Covid-19; Managing TVET during Covid-19; Standard precautions: Hand hygiene; Teaching Online During Covid-19; Health Effects of Climate Change; and Practicing Covid-19 Preventive Measures in the Workplace.
“As Covid-19 cases continue to rise, we are inviting everyone to enroll in our free online courses related to Covid-19 management not just to help prevent the spread of the virus but also to be productive amid travel restrictions,” Lapeña said.
In demand courses
Health-related courses appeared to be the most in demand courses for Filipinos in the TOP last year. Data released by e-Tesda showed that a total of 397,721 Filipinos enrolled in the Human Health/ Health Care Sector of the TOP in 2021.
Likewise, Practicing Covid-19 Preventive Measures in the Workplace was the most enrolled course with 369,650 enrollees.
Meanwhile, the Tesda chief has also renewed his appeal to local government units (LGUs) and the private sector to avail of its free contact tracing training program (CTTP) and tap its graduates.
It can be recalled that Tesda National Capital Region (NCR), through the MuntiParLasTaPat District Training and Assessment Center pilot-launched the CTTP last September 9, 2020.
Per current data, a total of 11,056 trainees have so far finished Contact Tracing Level II program, of which, 1,689 and 9,367 graduated in 2020 and 2021, respectively.
“Engaging the services of more Tesda-contact tracers at the community level will help prevent the further spread of Covid-19,” Lapeña said.