OFW com­pe­tency as­sess­ment re­sumes

Daily Tribune (Philippines) - - PAGE THREE - BY ALVINMURCI­A @tri­bunephl_alvi port­fo­lio.as­sess­ment@ tesda.gov.ph.

As the coun­try braced for the new nor­mal amid the COVID-19 pan­demic the Tech­ni­cal Ed­u­ca­tion and Skills De­vel­op­ment Author­ity (TESDA) will re­sume com­pe­tency as­sess­ment of over­seas Filipino work­ers (OFW) who need to take the re­quire­ment for them to work abroad.

TESDA Sec­re­tary Gen­eral Isidro Lapeña in a mem­o­ran­dum, or­dered the con­tin­u­ance of as­sess­ments for Do­mes­tic Work NC II and House­keep­ing NC II for Do­mes­tic Helpers; Ship’s Cater­ing Ser­vices (Mess­man) NC I and Ship’s Cater­ing Ser­vices (Ship’s Cooks) NC III for Sea­far­ers; and Care­giv­ing NC II for Care­givers, in ar­eas un­der mod­i­fied gen­eral com­mu­nity quar­an­tine (MGCQ), cit­ing that OFW need their Na­tional Cer­tifi­cates as a re­quire­ment be­fore they can be de­ployed.

Most of the ac­cred­ited as­sess­ment cen­ters for the said qual­i­fi­ca­tions are in the Na­tional Cap­i­tal Re­gion, which is cur­rently un­der the Gen­eral Com­mu­nity Quar­an­tine level.

The TESDA chief also di­rected all provin­cial di­rec­tors to ori­ent the OFW about the re­quire­ments.

There are three ways for OFW to se­cure their Na­tional Cer­tifi­cate.

Those with five years’ ex­pe­ri­ence may opt to un­dergo the Port­fo­lio As­sess­ment. They only need to sub­mit re­quire­ments such as let­ter of in­tent; TESDA Con­sent Agree­ment Form; re­sume (in­di­cat­ing ed­u­ca­tion or learn­ing out­comes state­ments or in­for­mal record of past learn­ing, achieve­ments and chrono­log­i­cal record of sig­nif­i­cant learn­ing and work ex­pe­ri­ences); cer­tifi­cate of em­ploy­ment with job de­scrip­tion in­di­cat­ing num­ber of years em­ployed signed by em­ployer for wage-em­ployed work­ers, among oth­ers via email to

OFW whose NC have ex­pired can also re­new them on­line.

Lapeña di­rected the neigh­bor­ing re­gions of the NCR to host the face-to-face as­sess­ment of the OFW, in case of ex­treme ne­ces­sity. Most of the ac­cred­ited as­sess­ment cen­ters for the said qual­i­fi­ca­tions are in the Na­tional Cap­i­tal Re­gion (NCR), which is cur­rently un­der the Gen­eral Com­mu­nity Quar­an­tine level.

It may be re­called that face-to-face as­sess­ment is only al­lowed in ar­eas un­der MGCQ as pro­vided by IATF Res­o­lu­tion 47.

Lapeña re­minded the TESDA re­gional and provin­cial of­fices to seek clear­ance from lo­cal gov­ern­ment units and to strictly ob­serve the man­dated guide­lines in con­duct­ing their face-to-face as­sess­ments.

TESDA Provin­cial Di­rec­tors will like­wise in­spect all as­sess­ment cen­ters in their area if it can adopt safety and health mea­sures while com­ply­ing with all the re­quire­ments for the qual­i­fi­ca­tion as­sess­ment.

Only 50 per­cent of to­tal ca­pac­ity of the as­sess­ment cen­ter per as­sess­ment sched­ule shall be al­lowed and en­dorsed to the ac­cred­ited as­sess­ment cen­ters.

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