Tesda Courses in Emar Human and Environmental College

Emar Human and Environmental College 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).

Emar Human and Environmental College

Address: MGR Bldg., 2F D8, Crossing Aplaya, Matina, Davao City, Philippines
Telephone Number: 082-301-0638 / 084-216-9002

TESDA Approved Programs

Here is the list of available TESDA registered programs and short courses offered in “Emar Human and Environmental College” in the province of Davao del Sur.

List of Tesda Courses Offered / Registered Programs

Course Authorized Duration
Food and Beverage Services NC II 385 Hours
Housekeeping NC II 465 hours

EMAR Learning Center, now known as the EMAR Human and Environmental College, became a byword in Davao City for its Sunday School as it allowed working students to complete their high school education during their day-offs. But more than that, EMAR gives more attention in educating hundreds of street children and disadvantaged women.

It all started in 1984 when Ateneo Grade School teacher Ma. Lita Montalban, decided to retire from almost 10 years of teaching at the Ateneo, to build something that will provide balance to some of the economic inequalities of life.

“We started with Pre-School and Grades 1 to 2 at our old location along GSIS,” said Montalban, owner and founder of the EMAR Learning Center. The school transferred to their present location in Matina Crossing to accommodate the growing number of students, since they already opened the school for Elementary, High School students and the Sunday School students.

After almost 26 years in business, EMAR is a full-pledged school that offers 2-year courses in Information Technology, Hotel and Restaurant Management and Caregiving. “We have a 100% passing rate for our caregiver graduates last November,” she said.
Neneng (not her real name), a first year high school student from Bukidnon, who was exploited by her employer where she worked as a helper, was EMAR’s very first scholar. “I took her in because I took pity on her situation,” Montalban said. Neneng is now in second year college at EMAR and taking up IT.

It was in 2000 when Montalban started to take notice of the street children loitering around Matina crossing near her school. “I asked two of these children if they wanted to go to school but they declined,” she said. Not one to be easily put off by a mere “no,” Montalban sought out more street children and organizations who took care of these children, and coordinated with them.
Montalban sends up to 300 street children to EMAR Learning every year, on a scholarship. In fact, most of those who played for EMAR’s Soccer team and who emerged as the Champions during the last Palarong Pambansa, are mostly street children who are EMAR scholars.

“May mga napa-graduate na nga kami sa College and one is teaching here with us,” she said.
EMAR College sponsors various scholars from different organizations. As of last count, they have 68 scholars from Bantay Bata, 68 from Balay Pasilungan, several from the Davao Muslim Council Association and those from ABK2 Initiative, a special project aimed at combating child labor in the Philippines through education.

“I realized when I was still teaching at a private school how marginalized the poor people are especially when it comes to education,” she said. This sparked something in her, and made her determined about helping the less privileged Dabawenyos have more in life through education.

EMAR College might be a business venture first and foremost, but Montalban considers it a means for her to help children get skills and education they will need to become responsible citizens of the society. With about a thousand student population, 30 percent of EMAR’s students enjoy free tuition and other fees through the scholarship program.

Montalban said the increasing number of street children in the city is a potential problem for the government. If they go unnoticed, she added, these children can become the future problems of society because they are easy to corrupt and lead into wrongdoings.

She said the existing law that prevents the police from arresting children when they commit a crime is another cause of this vicious cycle. “Ibalik man pud sa pulis ang mga latagaw sa ilahang parents kay bawal man pud na sila dakpon (Cops will turn over to their parents because it’s against the law to arrest them),” she said.

This is why Montalban is resolute about providing more scholarships to street children and child laborers. “There is hope for them if only those who have more in life will only contribute for their education,” she said.

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 082-301-0638. You can also visit Emar Human and Environmental College. The assessment center is located at MGR Bldg., 2F D8, Crossing Aplaya, Matina, Davao City, Philippines.


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  2. How much is the payment for the housekeeping management? Thank you

  3. What other courses are available in technical related?

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