April 25, 2017
The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) announced that it will launch the “Emergency Skills Training Program" to assist returning overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).
TESDA Director General, Secretary Guiling “Gene” Mamondiong said that returning OFWs may submit their application form starting May 1 so that they may avail of the skills training program.
Apart from returning OFWs, those who will be prioritized in the program are the drug dependents and their families, immediate relatives of policemen or soldiers who died in the line of duty, family members of traffic enforcers and the marginalized sector.
Initial courses to be offered by TESDA during the emergency skills training on May 31 are service engine mechanical components, carpentry, masonry, maintain and repair audio/video products and systems at process food by salting, curing and smoking.
Other training programs of TESDA include cookery, welding, plumbing, electrical installation maintenance and bus/straight truck driving.
“In consonance with this, all Regional and Provincial Training Centers including TESDA Administered Schools are directed to maintain a skeletal force to accept applicants to the said program starting May, 1, 2017 (Labor Day)," said Secretary Mamondiong in a memorandum he issued.
Mamondiong also said that the Emergency Skills Training Program is part of the Special Training for Employment Program (STEP) and Training for Work Scholarship Program (TWSP) of the agency.
TESDA also said that it would provide free assessment and certification, free starter kit and transportation allowance.