More than 5K OFWs complete TESDA courses

Published August 12, 2022, 11:29 AM

by Leslie Ann Aquino

A total of 5,021 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) have already finished various courses of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) in the first half of this year.


TESDA said Entrepreneurship, Driving NC (National Certificate) II, Bread and Pastry Production NC II, and Caregiving NC II were among the most popular choices taken by repatriated OFWs.

OFW dependents or families also continue to receive training from TESDA.

From January to June 2022, a total of 5,276 OFW dependents graduated from various qualifications.

In a statement, TESDA Director General Danilo P. Cruz said OFWs and their families have always been part of TESDA’s priority clients when it comes to the provision of skills training and livelihood programs.

“We have several training programs that can benefit our displaced OFWs and their dependents, especially those who were displaced by the recent pandemic. Whether they are here or abroad, they can easily avail of these programs,” he said.

“All they have to do is to reach out to the TESDA office in their area or as easy as to download the TESDA Mobile App to access our programs and services,” Cruz added.

He said TESDA has been assisting displaced OFWs under its OFW Reintegration for Skills Employment (RISE) program, which offers returning OFWs an online course that can be accessed in the TESDA Online Program (TOP) to enable them to transform their business ideas into business plans.

OFWs, their dependents, as well as the general public can access the TOP which offers online courses such as Practicing COVID-19 Preventive Measures in the Workplace, Barangay Health Services NC II, Food Processing NC II, Cookery NC II, among others.

“We are not just providing livelihood programs to OFWs but also to the general public. With the new administration, we commit to improving our programs to produce highly-skilled and globally-competitive workers who can adapt to the ever-changing demand of the industry,” Cruz said.