OFW competency assessment resumes
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.