December 9, 2018

More than 200 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) benefited from the onsite assessment program (OAP) conducted by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) in Dubai recently.

The three-day onsite assessment was held at the lobby of the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in Dubai last November 16 -18.

According to the TESDA Certification Office (CO), the onsite assessment in Dubai included two qualifications: Caregiving NC ll and Visual Graphics Design NC ll.

Up to 206 OFWs were assessed while 175 of them were certified, equivalent to an 84.95% certification rate.

Of this, 205 OFWs were assessed in Caregiving NC ll, 174 of whom were certified, while one individual was assessed and certified in Visual Graphics NC ll.

TESDA CO Executive Director Maria Susan P. Dela Rama led the conduct of the onsite assessment program with Rachelreilyne Saenz, who stood as the TESDA representative.

The assessors for the OAP in Dubai were Donnabelle Sollesta and Ma. Theresa Palmaira both of whom came from the New Lucena Polytechnic College in Western Visayas.

Since 2014, TESDA has been offering free assessment and certification services through the OAP for OFWs. The OAP is currently being conducted in the United Arab Emirates (Dubai and Abu Dhabi), Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (Jeddah and Riyadh), Qatar, Kuwait, Singapore and Hong Kong.

From 2014 up to the 4th quarter of 2018, the number of beneficiaries of the program has reached 2,681. Of this number, 2,159 had been certified either with National Certificates (NC) or Certificates of Competency (COC).

The primary objective of the OAP is to equip OFWs, particularly those employed in vulnerable occupations, to retain and improve their current livelihood, whether by being employed or as an entrepreneur, through TESDA certifications.