In the era of rapid and growing technologicalchange and globalization, the need to develop economically and socially isimportant. The government saw the need for this transformation and has beenfocusing on technological vocational education and training (TVET) in order toconfect a better and capable industrial workforce.
TVET is an education, instructionor learning activity which provides knowledge, skills and a way of thinkingthat is relevant for employment or self-employment. The Technical Education and SkillsDevelopment Authority (TESDA) integrate the programs that are necessary for thetechnological vocational education in the Philippines. Funds from thegovernment allocated for the sole purpose of improving the industrial workforceare distributed all over the Philippines. These funds are intended forexecuting TVET programs that would potentially enhance and strengthen thecountry’s labor force.
Although TVET is a great opportunityfor the government to create a quality manpower and for Filipinos to meet thedemands of the modern economy, not every Filipino individual has access tofree, quality TVET education. Hence, to respond to this pressing issue thegovernment is venturing on programs that would give Filipinos a better accessto free and quality education under TVET. The Training for Work ScholarshipProgram (TWSP) is one of the major scholarship programs of TESDA that benefitsthousands of deserving Filipino individuals by subsidizing free training cost andassessment fee.
The endeavours of both the governmentand TESDA in emphasizing research as a tool for TVET betterment and developmentimposed the need for the researchers to venture into the study of TVETimplementation by means of scholarship programs, specifically TWSP that has anincreasing amount of funds over the years. Despite the continued support of thegovernment for TWSP, no research study has been conducted yet as to the basisof allocation of funds per TVI’s who qualified for the said scholarship fund aswell as the allocation per qualification and per student. This research arearequires attention because the facts, information, data, and reports on TWSPare not organized, not complete, and are not up-to-date. No availableinformation shows the breakdown of budget for each region, province or TVI’sand the Project Management Office does not maintain actual data on TWSP thatcan be accessed by interested researchers (OECD, International LabourOrganization). In thisregard, the researchers aim to determine the basis in allocating TWSP fund todifferent TVIs, per qualification and to make a comparison of the allocatedfunds for the past five years from 2013 to 2017.