(MENAFN- Khaleej Times) Overseas filipino workers (ofws) can go to the website www.
(from left) delmer r. cruz grace relucio-princesa consul giovanni palec and irene m. isaac addressing the filipino community at the philippine consulate general in dubai on friday. — kt photo by juidin bernarrd
the philippines technological education and skills development authority (tesda) has opened opportunities for filipino organisations and individuals conducting training in dubai to register have its training accredited and trainers formally assessed and certified on site.
overseas filipino workers (ofws) can go to the website www.tesda.gov.ph and self-assess themselves against the complete standards there.
they can download the registration form and see the requirements for training programmes and their trainers to be accredited.
in a talk on friday with the and filipino community (filcom) organisations in dubai and northern emirates tesda director-general irene m. isaac presented the philippine government’s accreditation programme for trainings trainers and assessors which can be piloted in the uae at the philippine overseas labour office (polo) in dubai.
the forum centered on enabling ofws who undergo training while in the uae or acquire new skills on the job to be formally assessed and certified onsite by tesda.
it also touched upon the possibility of setting up a training and assessment centre and establishing the uae-based assessors certified under tesda’s testing assessment and accreditation.
tesda is a certifying body attached to the department of labour and employment (dole) to manage the philippine government’s training system including skills certification. philippine ambassador grace relucio-princesa said the philippine diplomatic mission in the uae will be piloting this as a legacy to the ofws who have competency knowledge and attitude to give access to those needing skills as training providers but are not tesda-accredited.
“it will be a great help to these ofws because they can be accredited onsite instead of going home to have themselves registered tested and accredited with tesda.”
princesa who just arrived from the 7th global forum on migration and development in sweden said the growth is in asia and africa and being in asia there is a need to get “all acts together” to do what filipinos want to do from what they have.
“all have to cooperate with each other and be partners for development. being registered and accredited with tesda is a step forward” she said. labour attache delmer r. cruz said numerous filipino organisations have come forward to train ofws including domestic workers in computer photography beauty care and handicrafts to enable them to be multi-skilled.
“these training providers are not registered with tesda yet but they can become our partners in setting (up) a training and assessment centre for the trainers and assessors in dubai to be recognised and accredited fully with tesda.”
the deputy director general said her office has set aside a team dedicated to assist the uae-based filipino organisations and individuals interested in registering with tesda.
isaac said tesda can accredit and recognise skills by training or by experience ofws can use when they shift to other countries.
she also said tesda has bilateral working groups in canada and other western countries even in the gcc to recognise the quality assurance programme of the philippines.
“our standards are not far from the gcc standards; only that countries have different framework and have to be reconciled.”
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