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        In the era of rapid and growing technological
change and globalization, the need to develop economically and socially is
important. The government saw the need for this transformation and has been
focusing on technological vocational education and training (TVET) in order to
confect a better and capable industrial workforce. TVET is an education, instruction
or learning activity which provides knowledge, skills and a way of thinking
that is relevant for employment or self-employment.

        The Technical Education and Skills
Development Authority (TESDA) integrate the programs that are necessary for the
technological vocational education in the Philippines. Funds from the
government allocated for the sole purpose of improving the industrial workforce
are distributed all over the Philippines. These funds are intended for
executing TVET programs that would potentially enhance and strengthen the
country’s labor force.

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        Although TVET is a great opportunity
for the government to create a quality manpower and for Filipinos to meet the
demands of the modern economy, not every Filipino individual has access to
free, quality TVET education. Hence, to respond to this pressing issue the
government is venturing on programs that would give Filipinos a better access
to free and quality education under TVET.

        The Training for Work Scholarship
Program (TWSP) is one of the major scholarship programs of TESDA that benefits
thousands of deserving Filipino individuals by subsidizing free training cost and
assessment fee.

        The endeavours of both the government
and TESDA in emphasizing research as a tool for TVET betterment and development
imposed the need for the researchers to venture into the study of TVET
implementation by means of scholarship programs, specifically TWSP that has an
increasing amount of funds over the years. Despite the continued support of the
government for TWSP, no research study has been conducted yet as to the basis
of allocation of funds per TVI’s who qualified for the said scholarship fund as
well as the allocation per qualification and per student. This research area
requires attention because the facts, information, data, and reports on TWSP
are not organized, not complete, and are not up-to-date. No available
information shows the breakdown of budget for each region, province or TVI’s
and the Project Management Office does not maintain actual data on TWSP that
can be accessed by interested researchers (OECD, International Labour
Organization).

        In this
regard, the researchers aim to determine the basis in allocating TWSP fund to
different TVIs, per qualification and to make a comparison of the allocated
funds for the past five years from 2013 to 2017.  

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