“The ultimate goal of this program is to take our OFWs out of low skilled and oppressive service work, and assist them to land better paying, higher skilled jobs.”
This was according to Secretary Guiling “Gene” Mamondiong regarding TESDA’s Onsite Assessment Program (OAP), which was conducted in Riyadh and Al Khobar, both in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, last April 28-30.
Up to 76 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) were given onsite competency assessment, 70 of which successfully earned their respective certificates in Computer Systems Servicing NC II, Technical Drafting NC II, and Visual Graphic Design NC III. Currently ongoing are the assessments in Jeddah in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait. Previously, similar assessments were conducted in Singapore and Hong Kong.
Secretary Mamondiong further encouraged OFWs interested in onsite assessment to inquire about the program at the Philippine Overseas Labor Offices (POLO) in their respective countries. Representatives from the Authority will soon visit the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) to inspect potential Assessment Centers and meet with those who want to register and implement tech-voc programs under TESDA’s Unified TVET Program Registration and Accreditation System.