The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority thanked the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Infectious Diseases for allowing the conduct of assessment for Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) even in areas under General Community Quarantine (GCQ).
The TESDA chief, together with TESDA Deputy Director General for Operations Lina Sarmiento, TESDA Deputy Director General for Communities and Local Government Unit Services Luigi Quisumbing, and TESDA-7 Regional Director Andrew Bido, awarded 20 OFWs their National Certificates (NCs) to enable them to start working abroad during the celebration of the very first OFW Day in Central Visayas.
To make it more accessible to OFWs, TESDA added a feature in its website and the TESDA app where they can apply and schedule their competency assessment.
Through the TESDA website and TESDA mobile app, OFWs who have lost their jobs due to the COVD-19 pandemic can also apply for TESDA scholarship and assessment and start a new career with their families here.
As instructed by President Duterte in his State-of-the-Nation Address to assist repatriated OFWs, TESDA also established OFW desks in every TESDA regional and provincial offices with a TESDA personnel designated to attend to their concerns.
During the event, they also distributed scholarship grants to the county’s “modern day heroes” to enhance their skills or to learn other TESDA qualifications.
Lapeña congratulated the OFWs who passed their competency assessment on Ships Catering NC I.
“Now that you have your National Certificates, I hope you will all be deployed safely in your respective destinations. I wish you all the success as you venture abroad,” he said.