Erda-Tech Foundation is an institution accredited by TESDA that offers Technical and Vocational Education and Training Programs (TVET) under the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).
ERDA Tech opened in June 1994 in Pandacan Manila to 295 students. Founded by Fr. Pierre Tritz, SJ. the school was established to keep students in school and equip them with sufficient knowledge and skills to help them escape from the deprivations of poverty. The school offers a regular high school diploma course that can allow them to pursue a college degree, as well as technical and vocational training in specialized courses. Over 1,200 students have graduated, with the majority (70%) continuing with undergraduate studies and the rest opting to work immediately.
Fr. Pierre T. Tritz, SJ, a French Jesuit Priest, came to the Philippines in 1950 and began his crusade for the rights and dignity of the underprivileged Filipino children. He decided to make his citizenship in the country legal so as to continue his advocacy in serving the marginalized members of the society. Aside from ERDA Tech Foundation, Fr. Tritz also founded other organizations with the likes of ERDA Foundation (1974), the Foundation for the Assistance to the Hansenites or FAHAN (1978) and the Albert Schweitzer Association – Philippines or ASAP (1995).
With ERDA Foundation already engaged in helping almost thousands of poor children go through elementary school, and with several groups following its example, Fr. Pierre Tritz, S.J., turned his attention to the older poor children – the youth aged 13 years and above.
Noting the scarcity of adequately-equipped technical schools in Metro Manila, Fr. Tritz decided it was the right time to establish a technical school where poor but deserving youth are provided the opportunity of a free (through sponsorship) high school education and training in employable technical skills. Together with the Board of ERDA Foundation, Fr. Tritz began planning as early as 1991 for the formation of a technical high school for the poor – the ERDA Technical and Vocational Secondary School (ERDA Tech). Arrangements were made in 1992 for an available location in the Pandacan district of Manila. To institute and operate the school, the ERDA Tech Foundation was organized and registered in 1993, with the Foundation’s Board becoming, in effect, the School Board.
ERDA Tech, compared to other secondary schools, is not an ordinary high school. It was founded mainly to give economically and socially disadvantaged youth the chance to finish high school education and be trained in a technical skill, so that they can work themselves out of their present impoverished situation. These students, in return for a tuition-free education and training, are to put in extra effort to acquire a particular trade skill by the time they graduate from ERDA Tech. Generally, high school diploma has no assurance of a stable job, however, ERDA Tech hopes to provide its graduates an unparalleled edge that makes them incomparable from the others: employable technical skills, proper work ethics, a sense of stewardship, and a healthy and strong belief in themselves and their potential.
ERDA Tech opened its doors in June 1994 to an initial enrolment with 295 first-year students, mostly from the underprivileged communities of Pandacan, Paco, Sta. Mesa and Sta. Ana. That year also marked the start of ERDA Tech’s five-year formal high school program.
With the Dual Training System (DTS) signed into law, ERDA Tech adapted the system in July 1997 and refined its fifth-year program to include the in-plant training (IPT) as part of the DTS implementation by ERDA Tech.
ERDA Tech Foundation also began its non-formal training program in October 1997, with the pilot run of the Palihan Project by ERDA Tech in partnership with the Marikina Institute of Science and Technology (M.I.S.T). Jointly developed by UNESCO Jakarta and ERDA Tech Foundation, the PALIHAN Project is a one-year skills training program for older street children and out-of-school youth.
ERDA Tech received in June 1999 the Department of Education, Culture and Sports (DECS) Permit and Recognition for its five-year secondary course.
TESDA Approved Programs
Here is the list of available TESDA registered programs and short courses offered in “Erda-Tech Foundation” in the Manila.
List of Tesda Courses Offered / Registered Programs
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Basic Requirements for TESDA Courses:
- At least 18 years of age
- At least High School Graduate
- Copy of NSO Birth Certificate
- With good moral character
- Undergone a pre-training assessment
- Can communicate both orally and in written form
Training Fees and Schedule
The cost of training and tuition fees may vary depending upon the specific course of interest and the school offering the training. Training centers also may have slightly different syllabus to teach to students in a class.
For inquiries, tuition fees, enrollment procedures, class schedule and other concern, it would be better that you visit their school/training center and inquire for other documents they may need.
Location and Contact Information
For further information, please contact the school directly at telephone number 564-18-57. You can also visit Erda-Tech Foundation. The assessment center is located at ERDA Technical and Vocational Secondary Certeza cor. Lorenzo dela Paz St.,School, Pandacan, Manila, Philippines.