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City pushes employees to get bachelors degree

BAGUIO CITY – the city government here is encouraging government workers to avail of the Expanded Tertiary Education Equivalency and Accreditation Program (ETEEAP).
ETEEAP is a comprehensive educational assessment program at the tertiary level that recognizes, accredits and gives equivalencies to knowledge, skills, attitudes and values gained by individuals from relevant work.
The program is being offered to city government workers who have not yet graduated from college so they can get their degrees.
In a meeting held at the city’s multi-purpose hall Friday (July 13), City Councilor Elmer Datuin said the program has been availed of by the Philippine Councilors League-Legislative Academy (PCL-LA) so members can enhance their capabilities through continuing education.
Datuin said, the Department of Local and Interior Government (DILG) issued memorandum circular 2011-180 to all interested local legislators, interested local government officials and functionaries to avail of Technical Course offerings of the PCL-LA on official time.
‘The program was availed of by councilors who did not finish their college studies and those who wanted to take up masteral degrees’, Datuin said.
Datuin said, ‘the PCL wants to focus on government employees as a means of expanding the program for those undergraduates who wish to get their degrees’.
Datuin said, ‘there are initial talks between ETEEAP accredited schools here in the city for the conduct of classes on Saturdays in city hall.
'Three to four months, that's how fast you can get your college degree if you avail", Datuin said.
ETEEAP accredited schools which have accommodated councilors who availed of the program include University of Makati, Lyceum Northwestern University in Dagupan City and Don Mariano Marcos University in la Union.
Initial assessment of the Human Resource Management Office (HRMO) reveal there are at least fifty eight (58) employees of the city who can avail of the program in order to finish a bachelors degree.
CHRMO Dr. Estrella Bisquera said, ‘this is a rare opportunity for city hall employees in order for them to have better chances of promotion’.
Bisquera said, ‘there are a lot of government employees who have Civil Service eligibilities but lack the appropriate Bachelors degree, reason why they are not being considered to higher positions’.
Bisquera added, ‘interested employees who wish to avail of the program will have to submit the ETEEAP application form, certificates, training and seminars attended’.
The documents will then be evaluated by a panel.
Datuin added, ‘employees who successfully finish the program will be awarded a Bachelors Degree in Political Science’.
‘This is a good project because it is supported by our city officials’, Datuin said. ***paul rillorta

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