November 24, 2017
The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) is set to boost its language and culture training program among overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to ease language barriers between the Filipinos and their foreign employers.
TESDA Director General, Secretary Guiling “Gene” Mamondiong said that at present, there are 36 TESDA Training Institutions (TTIs) nationwide that offer language training.
Mamondiong said that the language training program of TESDA is incorporated in the Training for Work Scholarship Program (TWSP) which offers language courses on English, Japanese, Spanish, Mandarin (Chinese), Italian, Arabic and Korean (Hangul).
He also said that a memorandum of understanding (MOU) have previously been signed among TESDA, Spanish Embassy and Instituto Cervantes de Manila (Spanish), Filipino Chinese Chamber of Commerce Incorporated (Chinese Mandarin), Italia Lavoro (Italian) and the Korea International Cooperation Agency or KOICA through the Philippine National Volunteer Service Coordinating Agency of PNVSCA (Hangul) for the language training program.
Aside from language proficiency program, the training aims to educate the OFWs about the culture of the country where they are working.
TESDA's National Language Skills Institute (NLSI) has also become a venue of Japanese Language Preparatory training for nurses and caregivers under the Philippine-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (PJEPA).
Mamondiong also said that TESDA is planning to expand its basic language and culture training by adding German, Russian, French, Bahasa, Vietnamese and Mandarin (Taiwan) languages.
On Friday, Nov. 24, the NLSI will celebrate its 10th anniversary with the partner institutions in basic language.
During the same event, the NLSI will also re-launch its language training course under its expansion program.