Get to Know the “Tsuper Iskolar” Program by TESDA, DOTr

The “Tsuper Iskolar” program, an innovative collaboration between TESDA and DOTr, is tailored to transform the livelihoods of public transport drivers and operators impacted by the Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program (PUVMP). As a comprehensive scholarship scheme, it offers skills training, livelihood assistance, and entrepreneurship education to equip these workers with the necessary tools to thrive in a modernizing industry.

Participants can look forward to free skills training tailored to the transportation sector, skills assessment for certification, and financial support in the form of daily allowances. Targeted primarily at drivers who have not consolidated their franchises, as well as other stakeholders within the transport sector, the scheme aims to create more resilient and capable transport professionals ready to navigate the demands of a dynamic economic landscape.

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What is the “Tsuper Iskolar” Program?

The “Tsuper Iskolar” program is a scholarship scheme designed to provide skills training and livelihood assistance to jeepney drivers and other stakeholders affected by the Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program (PUVMP). Initiated by TESDA and DOTr, the scheme addresses the challenges faced by transport workers, particularly those who have not consolidated their franchises under the modernization plan.

Legal Basis and Funding

Rooted in a robust legal framework, the “Tsuper Iskolar” program operates under a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) signed between TESDA and DOTr. This agreement outlines the commitment of a P350 million budget allocated for the training and support of eligible participants, ensuring a structured and well-funded approach to skill development in the transport sector.

Key Benefits

Participants of the “Tsuper Iskolar” can expect several tangible benefits, designed to enhance their professional and personal capabilities:

  • Free Skills Training: Access to courses tailored to meet the needs of the modern transportation industry.
  • Skills Assessment: Opportunities to gain official certifications that validate their competencies.
  • Entrepreneurship Training: Education on starting and managing a business, helping participants to diversify their income sources.
  • Daily Allowance: A training support fund that provides a daily allowance of Php350 for up to 35 days to cover food and transportation expenses.

Eligibility Criteria

The program is open to a wide range of participants within the transport sector:

  • Displaced or affected drivers due to the PUVMP.
  • Stakeholders planning to leave or continue in the transport industry.
  • Family members of affected stakeholders up to the third degree of consanguinity or affinity.

Application Requirements

To participate in the “Tsuper Iskolar” program, applicants need to prepare several documents:

  • Valid identification proof.
  • Proof of being a public transport operator or driver.
  • Endorsements from recognized transport associations or cooperatives.

How to Apply for the “Tsuper Iskolar” Program

  1. Verify Eligibility: Confirm that you meet the necessary criteria as outlined in the program guidelines.
  2. Prepare Documentation: Collect all required documents, including identification and proof of sector involvement.
  3. Submit Application: Apply through the official channels provided by TESDA and DOTr, which may include online submissions, walk-in applications, or through local government units.
  4. Attend Training: Participate in the scheduled training to gain new skills and knowledge.
  5. Receive Certification and Support: Upon successful completion of the training, receive your certification and benefit from post-training support to find employment or start your own business.

Transforming Lives and Livelihoods

The “Tsuper Iskolar” program not only equips transport workers with essential skills but also integrates them into a broader economic framework that values their contribution to society. By providing training and financial support, this helps ensure that the transition within the transport sector is both inclusive and progressive.

Through programs like “Tsuper Iskolar,” the Philippines is making significant strides towards a modernized and sustainable transport system that supports its workers with the necessary tools to thrive in a changing economic landscape. For those in the transport sector, this scheme offers a valuable opportunity to enhance their skills, secure better livelihoods, and contribute positively to the country’s growth.

Recent Updates

TESDA-Benguet’s Tsuper Iskolar Program Continues

The Tsuper Iskolar program of TESDA-Benguet is ongoing, providing opportunities for aspiring drivers to acquire skills and education. The scheme aims to support and empower individuals in the transportation sector, offering them a chance to enhance their livelihoods and contribute to the modernization of public transport.

Tsuper Iskolar Program Goes Online, Enhancing Services for Drivers

The Tsuper Iskolar program, along with others such as the commuter hotline and additional bike lanes, has been improved by the Department of Transportation (DOTr) for the benefit of many. The program has transitioned online, providing accessible training and support for drivers. DOTr Road Transport and Infrastructure Chief of Staff, Jarizza Mae Biscante, will provide further details on these enhancements. (DailyMotion)

USWAG Pinas! Episode # 3 Fist Agenda TESDA Tsuper Iskolar Cebu

The Tsuper Iskolar program, a collaboration between TESDA and DOTr, has been officially launched in Cebu City. This free scholarship and skills training aims to provide alternative livelihood opportunities for operators, drivers, and other stakeholders in the transport industry under the Public Utility Vehicles Modernization Program (PUVMP). The scheme’s launch was featured in the USWAG Pinas! Fist Agenda segment, highlighting the government’s efforts to promote progress and national development.

NEWS: ‘Tsuper Iskolar’ training program launched in Davao City

In 2019, Davao City has launched the ‘Tsuper Iskolar’ training, providing opportunities for aspiring drivers to receive skills training and education. The scheme aims to empower individuals in the transportation sector, equipping them with the necessary knowledge and skills to enhance their livelihoods and contribute to the development of the city’s public transport system.



The “Tsuper Iskolar” program by TESDA and DOTr is a testament to the government’s commitment to supporting its citizens through transformative educational opportunities. For many transport workers, this represents a chance to redefine their professional paths and achieve greater stability and success in their lives. As we move forward, it remains an essential element of the national strategy to foster a competent, resilient, and skilled workforce in the transportation industry.

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