November 10, 2021

TAGUIG CITY - The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) assures the outbound Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) that there are assessment centers (ACs) available in each region of the country amid the pandemic.

Outbound OFWs visit the ACs so they can undergo and pass skills assessment which is a requirement to acquire or renew their National Certificates (NCs).

TESDA Secretary Isidro Lapeña issued earlier a directive to the TESDA Regional Directors to ensure that OFWs would not have to travel far to undergo skills assessment.

"We are still facing this pandemic and we do not want to make it harder for our outbound OFWs to complete their requirements. While we still do not have an assessment center for OFWs in every province of the country, we will try to make it available in every region," he said.

As of November 2, 2021, TESDA has listed a total of 521 available ACs all over the country.

There are a total of 100 ACs for Caregiving NC II; 117 ACs for Domestic Work NC II; 264 for Housekeeping NC II; 14 for Ship's Catering (Ship's Cooks) NC III; and 26 ACs for Ship's Catering Services NC I.

In Metro Manila, there are a total of 139 available ACs where outbound OFWs can go for skills assessment. Most of the ACs are in the City of Manila.

Central Visayas has 39 ACs for OFW-related training courses. In Cebu alone, 16 ACs are ready to accommodate those who need assessment for Housekeeping NC II.

Meanwhile, 34 out of 46 available ACs in Davao Region are also for Housekeeping skilled workers.

Apart from opening additional ACs, Secretary Lapeña also ordered the TESDA Regional Directors to improve its facilities.

Lapeña also reminded outbound OFWs to apply for assessment at the TESDA office nearest them. They may also apply online via the TESDA mobile app downloadable on Google Playstore and App Store. ###