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Lapeña visits OFWs undergoing free face-to-face assessment in NCR

TECHNICAL Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Secretary Isidro Lapeña made a surprise visit and inspection during the assessment of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) at the TESDA Women’s Center (TWC) and at the Southern Institute of Maritime Studies (SIMS) in Manila.

Lapeña explained that OFWs need to undergo skills assessment before they can acquire their National Certificate (NC) which is one of the requirements for their deployment abroad and he wanted to see to it that everything goes well for the OFWs who are one of the agency’s special clients

All we want for our OFWs is for them to finish complying with all their requirements so they can work, earn, and provide the needs of their families, especially that we are still recovering from this pandemic. We are here to make sure that they are all well taken care of,” he said.

For the initial run of actual face-to-face assessment, nine outbound workers are being assessed in TWC who are graduates of Domestic Work, while there are 20 graduates of Ships Catering being assessed at SIMS. They all registered through the TESDA App or the TESDA Website and are being assessed under the Certification and Assessment for Certified Workers (CACW).

The CACW program aims to provide free assessment services for workers/industry practitioners/professional/ career shifters, prospective industry assessors, PWDs, public utility vehicle (PUV) drivers, trainers of private and public technical-vocational institutions (TVIs), and OFWs.

Lapena said to avail the said program, the candidate-applicant must submit the duly accomplished application form, Self-Assessment Guide, three (3) 2×2 passport size pictures, color, white background with name written at the back, OEC of previous employment, contract, or certificate of employment from the employer or deployment letter from the manning agency, and sea-service for seamen.