TESDA launches shortened training program for Domestic Work

Published May 25, 2021, 1:39 PM

by Leslie Ann Aquino

To help domestic workers acquire the needed competencies the soonest possible time, the Technical Education and Skills Authority (TESDA) has launched a compressed 12-day blended training program for Domestic Work National Certificate (NC) II.


TESDA said the pilot program runs for only 12 days but still contains the basic, common and core competencies crucial for passing the competency assessment in Domestic Work NC II.

“This program has been conceptualized with the situation of our outbound household workers in mind. We recognize their need to be deployed immediately but TESDA would like to make sure they are properly trained before deployment. We want to prevent situations where domestic workers are abused by their employers because of alleged incompetence,” TESDA chief Secretary Isidro Lapeña said in a statement Tuesday, May 25.

Supported by and in partnership with the International Labor Organization (ILO), the pilot training program shall be conducted by Fair Training Center in Paranaque, ILO’s partner institution.

“ILO, together with TESDA and the Fair Training Center, has designed an alternative training model using a blended learning approach. We hope that effective online training will translate to lower training cost, without sacrificing the quality of training. I would like to congratulate TESDA on this important pilot initiative that will showcase relevant and safe practices to address training in the midst of a global pandemic,” said ILO Country Director Khalid Hassan.

TESDA said the online training will save the sacrifice of traveling and incurring expenses for the trainees who are located both in and outside Metro Manila.

The blended training will be a combination of online and face-to-face modality. The trainees will undergo a 10-day online training while the remaining two days will be done face-to-face for hands-on training and familiarization with related equipment.

The program will run for six months with a minimum of 60 trainees and will be monitored by the TESDA MuntiParLasTapat (Muntinlupa, Parañaque, Las Piñas, Taguig, Pateros) District in NCR.

If the pilot program proves effective, Lapeña said that this will be immediately recommended for adoption by other training centers offering Domestic Work.

TESDA, however, said that the regular training program on Domestic Work NC II with a nominal training duration of 218 hours is still being implemented.