May 30, 2021

Taguig City – Due to the bulk of applications for competency assessment on Domestic Work NC II in the National Capital Region (NCR), the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) has opened two more assessment centers in the region.

On May 26 and 28, TESDA Secretary Isidro Lapeña personally led the inauguration of Domestic Work Assessment Center in Quezon City Lingkod Bayan Skills Development Center (QCLBSDC) and in TESDA Manila Training and Assessment Center (TMTAC) respectively.

“The number of outbound OFWs seeking assistance continues to rise. We, at TESDA, understand that our service, the certification program, is among the most needed support of our kababayans who would like to work abroad in order to support their families,” Lapeña said.

This is the fourth and fifth assessment center for Domestic Work NC II in NCR. Other assessment centers in the region are TESDA-NavotaAs Training Institute in Navotas, TESDA Women’s Center (TWC), and Pasay-Makati District Training and Assessment Center (PMDTAC) both in Taguig City.

With this, TESDA-NCR can now accommodate around 500 applicants every week. Specifically, QCLBSDC and TMTAC can accommodate 20 applicants each per day.

Earlier, Lapeña encouraged all outbound OFWs in the provinces to undergo competency assessment on Domestic Work NC II at the nearest assessment center in their area to avoid overcrowding in NCR.

TESDA-NCR is also set to open another assessment center for Domestic Work NC II under the supervision of its District Office and Training Center PaMaMariSan (Pasig, Mandaluyong, Marikina, San Juan) District.

The OFWs are one of TESDA’s long-time priority clients, and the agency is continuously doing its best to improve the services and programs for them to maintain a high rate of employment overseas.

Aside from the opening of the assessment center in Quezon City, Lapeña also graced the launching of TESDAmayan Community Pantry which was set up in the covered court fronting the QCLB Training Center.

The products distributed to the community were from the outputs of the various community gardens of TESDA-NCR Districts and PRLEC Urban Agriculture Project. The community pantry benefited over 200 individuals with pre-packed goods.

Also present during the inaugurations were Deputy Director General Lina Sarmiento, TESDA-NCR Regional Director Florencio Sunico Jr., and TESDA Chief-of-staff Director Juliet Orozco. ###