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IMPROVING OFW LIVELIHOOD: TESDA considers to conduct assessment program in Qatar

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The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority’s (TESDA) Onsite Assessment Program (OAP) will be considered to be conducted in Qatar, TESDA Certification Office Executive Director Maria Susan Dela Rama said in an article published on the Philippine News Agency (PNA) website on June 13, 2019.

“There was a request from the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) from Qatar. We will be considering, subject to availability of funds,” Dela Rama said.

Through TESDA certifications, the OAP aims to enable overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to retain and improve their livelihood, whether as employees or as entrepreneurs. TESDA currently conducts OAP in Dubai, Hong Kong, Singapore, Abu Dhabi, Jeddah, and Riyadh.

Dela Rama said assessments are vital to creating an edge for an OFW who is applying for a job locally or abroad, informing the potential employers of his or her capabilities.

Depending on POLO’s request, Dela Rama said TESDA has been planning to have the OAP in other countries.

In the OAP which TESDA conducted in Jeddah on June 4-9, 2019, a total of 236 OFWs were assessed. Most of them or 90 percent were given certification in Caregiving, Massage Therapy, and Filipino Computer Literacy Program.

2,681 OFWs benefited from the OAP since the program’s launching in 2014. (Source: Ma. Cristina Arayata, Philippine News Agency)

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