TESDA eases portfolio assessment for OFWs

Published October 4, 2020, 2:04 PM

by Dhel Nazario

The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) has made portfolio assessment for Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) going abroad much easier.


TESDA Secretary Isidro Lapeña recently issued TESDA Circular 111 effective last week up to Dec. 31, 2020 stating that from five years’ work experience, OFWs are now qualified on eligibility requirements even with at least two years of work experience.

OFWs who do not have a Certificate of Employment can submit OFW information sheets issued by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) or Certification from the Philippine Overseas Labor Offices instead.

This is part of the agency’s concern for some OFWs who find it hard to request for their Certificate of Employment because of their inconsiderate employers.

Lapeña explained that this is part of the agency’s program, “TESDA Abot Lahat ang OFWs.”

“We want the OFWs to feel that we are one with them. Their eagerness to work so they can provide for their families, in the fastest way possible, is also TESDA’s goal for them,” he said.

The TESDA circular added that videos and pictures showing actual practice of the qualification, which are not often allowed in the residences of the employers, may be substituted by videos demonstrating the tasks in the residence or other location with the same environment as required by the units of competency.

This shall be supplemented by interview by the Panel of Portfolio Assessors to ascertain the competence of the candidates. Other requirements shall be submitted as indicated in the Operating Procedure for Portfolio Assessment.

Applications should be submitted to the TESDA Certification Office through its email address portfolio.assessment @tesda.gov.ph.