The Philippine government’s proactive policies for training and education of Overseas Filipino Workers was recognized in the latest 2019 Global Education Monitoring (GEM) report by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
While the comprehensive 2019 GEM report summarizes, covering most of 195 countries in the world, that there is insufficient progress on including migrants and refugees in national education systems, the Philippines was highlighted showing how the country recognized the skills of migrants abroad and developed policies for both overseas workers and returnees.
GEM Report Director Manos Antoninis told the Philippine News Agency the report recognizes the Philippine government efforts “to prepare migrants before going to countries abroad.”
The Philippine government also engaged different countries towards recognizing the skills of OFWs, Antoninis said
“Some countries, especially in Asia, are seeing more citizens return with valuable skills. The Philippines has instated policies for returnees and linked them to recognition services and prospective employers,” the 2019 GEM Report stated.
The Philippine government’s Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) provided combined job-related and pre-departure vocational training programs for OFWs more intensive compared to other countries in the world.
The the GEM Report is an editorially independent, authoritative and evidence-based annual report published by UNESCO. It draws on the latest available data and evidence, and commissions extensive research from leading experts around the world.