Sunday, May 18, 2008


The intention is to take in 100 students for two years of training. They will be trained in plumbing, carpentry, sewing and other vocational skills

P300-million social program, called Escuela Taller (pronounced talyer in Tagalog) is conducted in cooperation with TESDA (Technical Education and Skills Development Authority), IA (Intramuros Administration), the NCCA (National Commission for Culture and the Arts), the Department of Education, and the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

It is funded by Spain as part of its grand plan to reestablish a presence in the Asia-Pacific region.

This was announced to the Manila Times by Spain's envoy to the Philippines, Ambassador Luis Arias. He added that Spain, which colonized the Philippines for more than 350 years, cannot look at the region without considering its “special relationship” with this country.

The skills development program starts this month.

Read the entire article,
Spanish project to benefit Intramuros by Jayson Cruz Luna of Manila Times.

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Blogger mimi said...

"100 students for two years of training"

i hope they will carry all the expenses [ food, fare, etc ]

May 18, 2008 3:46 PM  

Blogger nutart said...

I think this is a great programme! We need this badly actually...nothing wrong with the other fields like the liberal arts and management but when you get to the real world the real jobs needed are that of plumbers, electricians, etc. Abroad, it takes a leg and an arm to pay these people! A neighbor of ours once said that he would like to set up a vocational school here and drag all those young men from their billiard and basketball games and teach them how to really earn a living. Of course, he's a dreamer and most of the young men here don't really care to get disciplined. Jaded na ba ako?

May 18, 2008 6:02 PM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

I'm not exactly sure of the setup, Mimi, but considering P300 million has been allocated for the entire project, I've a feeling that most costs will be absorbed by the program.

May 18, 2008 7:06 PM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

You're not at all jaded, Bernadette. I've also met some young people in Manila who aren't much into helping themselves for a brighter future. Most prefer siply hanging out all day and drinking at nights.

But nonetheless, Escuela Taller is a great opportunity for many "interested" young people.

Best of luck to the program and all its students!

May 18, 2008 7:09 PM  

Blogger Diablo said...

The paradox: you can lead the horse to the water, but you can't make it drink.

I hope this isn't so and as you said it... for those who want it, the opportunity is there and available for their making.

May 18, 2008 8:45 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Spain is slowly trying to re-establish a sort of relationship.After a bitter divorce a 100 years ago it's time to become friends again.Madre de Espana helping Filipinas,why not.


May 19, 2008 3:31 AM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

And I really hope, Diablo, that those wannabes step out of the way and allow those truly interested to make something out of themselves get the slot for this program.

This is really a wonderful opportunity for our youths.

May 19, 2008 6:14 AM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

I agree, IndioBravo. I just hope that the church doesn't meddle in this attempt by Spain to help out ... hehehe.

But more seriously, supposedly Escuela Taller is just part of a more bigger project of the Spanish government toward the entire region—Plan Asia.

"The program aims to strengthen ties and friendship between Spain and Asian countries. Plan Asia also intends to identify the fields of interest where Spain can help developing countries by sharing technical expertise in aquaculture and fisheries, infrastructure development, the energy sector and others."

Hope this program works and expands to add more students in the near future.

May 19, 2008 6:21 AM  

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