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Globe, TM subscribers access to TESDA's online courses free of charge

Globe and TM customers receive free data access to TESDA courses

MANILA – With face-to-face instructions still discouraged for health and safety reasons, Globe and TM subscribers may now acquire new and better skills online while at home sans data connectivity cost.

Globe and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) began their partnership where all Globe and TM subscribers are qualified to receive free data access to the TESDA Online Program (TOP) at https://www.e-tesda.gov.ph/.

In a statement, Yoly Crisanto, Globe Chief Sustainability Officer and SVP for Corporate Affairs said subscribers can visit the site anytime using their Globe or TM-powered mobile device even without load and without charged for data use.

It is an open educational resource hoping to make technical vocational education and training (TVET) more accessible to Filipino citizens and widen their chances of employment or sources of livelihood. It offers free online courses including Computer Systems Servicing National Certificate (NC) II, Food Processing NC II, Bread and Pastry NC II, Housekeeping NC II and other courses from sectors from automotive to agriculture, entrepreneurship and healthcare.

TESDA Secretary Isidro Lapeña said Globe’s gesture for helping the agency to reach more Filipinos in need of their services.

“We are glad to have this opportunity of serving more Filipinos in line with our guiding principle, ‘TESDA Abot Lahat,’” he said. What makes the partnership more beneficial to the general public is the fact people will not pay for data costs.

He described the agreement between TESDA and Globe “a veery special milestone.”

Ms. Crisanto said with the uncertainties brought by the pandemic, “we need to be prepared to take on new challenges.” She added it is important to continuously learn and explore new ways of doing things.

“By making TESDA’s online course more accessible through free data, our Globe and TM customers will have another opportunity to improve their skills,” Ms. Crisanto explained.

Globe earlier provided free data access to the Department of Education’s online learning platform called DepEd Commons, to encourage educators and learners to take advantage of supplementary online instructional materials. It contains online review materials and Open Educational Resources written by public school teachers who are subject matter experts.

Teachers can retain, reuse, revise, remix and redistribute the content by blending it with a learning management system to deliver a distance learning modality, the Globe statement added.

Ms. Crisanto said Globe is a strong advocate of quality education which is one of the 10 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals that the company has committed to support.  In line with the new normal, Globe is pushing for digital learning by providing connectivity to learners and teachers. (Melo M. Acuña)


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