Duterte signs ‘Tulong-Trabaho Act’ for free access to techvoc education

President Rodrigo Duterte has signed Republic Act 11230 or the Tulong-Trabaho Act, which mandates the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) to provide free access technical-vocational education and to address job-skills mismatch and unemployment in the country.

Under the law, TESDA will establish and administer the Tulong-Trabaho Fund, which will be used as grant to qualified recipients.

The law also mandates the creation of the Philippine Labor Force Competencies Competitiveness Program, which will assess the prevailing requirement of industries.

The Department of Labor and Employment, which generates studies such as Labor Market Intelligence Reports, will be the lead agency to handle its implementation.

Those awarded with the scholarship under Technical-Vocational Education and Training (TVET) programs will receive full payment of training fees of their selected program, laboratory fees, transportation allowance and other financial assistance.

Those who are covered by the government assistance include persons at least 15 years old, who is not in school, not in training and unemployed; and employed workers who intend to develop and expand their current skills and training.

The law, on the other hand, excluded workers in companies and industries.