April 12, 2017

The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) said that it will provide free skills training to returning Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) who worked in foreign countries affected by crisis or those who have problems with their employers abroad.

TESDA Director General, Secretary Guiling “Gene” Mamondiong said that the free skills training program aims to assist the OFWs in finding employment here and abroad.

Mamondiong also said that the skills training project would determine the appropriate assistance needed should they decide to open a business or any other income-generating opportunities.

Apart from the free skills training program, the OFWs would also be given free assessment and certification which are requirements for employment, TESDA said.

The free skills program is also extended to the immediate family members of OFWs.

Interested applicants may visit the regional, provincial and district offices of TESDA and submit the documents, such referral letter from the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), if their names are still not listed on the database of the agency, and passport.

Immediate family members who want to avail of the free skills training program should bring a photocopy of the passport of the returning OFW, letter of authorization from the OFW, and marriage or birth certificate which would prove that they are immediate relatives of the OFW.

TESDA has also created a database for returning OFWs and their immediate family members so that they could be monitored in relation to the skills training program.

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