April 19, 2017

The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) said that it will give an on-site assessment to overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who are bound for the Middle East.

TESDA Director General Secretary Guiling "Gene" Mamondiong said that the Onsite Assessment Program (OAP) aims to find out if the OFWs possess the competencies required in a preferred work.

Mamondiong said that a delegation from TESDA will go to the Middle East to conduct the onsite assessment in coordination with the Philippine Overseas Labor Offices (POLO).

The TESDA onsite assessment is scheduled at Comsofil in Riyadh; POLO, Dubai; ICSA, Kuwait City and Total Care International in Jeddah.

OFWs who are interested in the on-site assessment may visit the POLO in the scheduled areas. Jeddah and Dubai have already submitted a list of assessment candidates, Mamondiong said.

Workers may take the assessment in the following qualifications: Technical Drafting NC II; Visual Graphics Design NC II and Computer Systems Servicing NC II for Riyadh. In Dubai, Technical Drafting NC II, Visual Graphics Design NC III, Massage Therapy NC II and Caregiving NC II.

In Kuwait, included in the qualification of assessment are Technical Drafting NC II, Visual Graphics Design NC III and Computer Systems Servicing NC II. In Jeddah, Massage Therapy NC II and Caregiving NC II.

“The program seeks to support the goal of bringing the Filipino overseas workers out of low skilled, low paying and oppressive service work, and assist them to land in higher skilled, better paying and decent work," said Mamondiong. 

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