TESDA flagged over P451-M undistributed tool kits

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The Commission on Audit (CoA) has flagged the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) for the non-distribution of P451-million worth of starter toolkits for scholars in the Special Training for Employment Program (STEP) due to delays in the procurement process.

In its 2017 audit report, CoA said because of delayed procurement of the toolkits with approved budget contract amounting to P451,201,906.46, TESDA failed to achieve the program’s objective to help 67,714 STEP scholars become employable.

CoA noted the preparation for the procurement of the toolkits began as early as December 2016 with the creation of a Technical Working Group. The procurement of the toolkits was intended for the 2017 STEP program that would run from June to December that year.

The scholars could have used the starter toolkits during their training period.

“It took about 10 months, counting from the creation of TWG before actual delivery of toolkits is warranted, hence starter toolkits could not be possibly issued to the trainees/scholars at hand in time for their training periods/graduation,” CoA said.

Had TESDA issued the toolkits on time, CoA said the scholars could have used the starter toolkits during their training period, which ranged from eight to 42 days, meant to make them employable through entrepreneurial, self-employment and service-oriented activities.

CoA also noted the general ledger for the “Other Supplies for Distribution” as of year-end showed no journal entry recognizing the toolkits, hence the delivery was not considered actually completed as of 28 February 2018.

The scholars could have used the starter toolkits during their training period.

The audit agency noted there were 4,999 STEP scholars in National Capital Region who did not receive their toolkits along with 2,345 in Region 1, 432 in Region II, 640 in Region VI and 997 in Region X.

Moreover, CoA said TESDA Central Office was not able to release the allotment, adding the non-conformity with the STEP program schedules resulted in unutilized funds and non-attainment of the targeted number of graduates.

CoA recommended TESDA to speed up procurement, delivery, inspection and distribution of toolkits to STEP scholars and graduates to attain its goals.

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