October 28, 2023

The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) said that it will provide free skills training to returning Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) who were affected by the Israel-Palestine conflict.

TESDA Secretary Suharto Mangudadatu said that OFWs and their families have always been among TESDA’s priority clients when it comes to the provision of skills training and livelihood programs.

“With TESDA's commitment to the upskilling and reskilling of the Filipino workforce, the Agency is one of the Philippine government agencies assigned to extend its programs to the repatriated OFWs who were affected by the Israel-Palestine conflict and their beneficiaries,” Secretary Mangudadatu said.

According to the Secretary, a Certificate of Scholarship Grant Commitment will be issued to the OFWs as proof of scholarship assistance from TESDA.  

As of writing, a total of 62 repatriated OFWs have already been given Certificates of Scholarship Grant Commitment, which they can later present at the nearest TESDA office to avail of free skills training for themselves or for their respective beneficiaries.

Meanwhile, Secretary Mangudadatu also urged repatriated OFWs as well as their dependents to register in the TESDA Online Program (TOP).

They can access the TOP, which offers online courses such as Computer System Servicing NC II, Caregiving (Elderly) NC II, Cookery NC II, Housekeeping NC II, among others through e-tesda.gov.ph.

“Our OFWs are among TESDA’s top clients.  Kasama n’yo ang TESDA sa pagpapalalim ng ating kaalaman, sa paghuhubog ng kasanayan, at sa pagpapalago ng inyong kabuhayan.  Kaisa ninyo ang TESDA sa inyong mga pangarap sa buhay,” the Secretary assured.

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