The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) are going to be partners in providing skills training and technological education for returning Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs).
The partnership is consolidated under a memorandum of agreement signed between OWWA and TESDA “to collaborate in a partnership venture to strengthen TESDA’s purposive intervention for returning OFWs, and also explore the development of a joint project on technical education and skills training, as well as assessment and certification for returning overseas Filipinos through the Comprehensive OFW Reintegration Program Framework.”
The MoA states that: “The primary purpose of this Agreement is to formalize the partnership between the parties in skills training, technical education, and assessment & certification for returning OFWs.”
The programs provided under the OWWA-TESDA MoA will admit OFWs and their families.
OWWA Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac; Department of Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III; TESDA Secretary Isidro S. Lapeña; TESDA Director-General for Linkages and Partnerships Rebecca J. Calzado; and Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon M. Lopez are present during the signing of the said MoA.
The Onsite Assessment Program (OAP) and skills training which the OWWA and TESDA will bring closer to where the OFWs are deployed, with countries with high numbers of distressed OFWs will be considered.
OWWA and TESDA will also handle “evaluation mechanism” to determine the effectivity of the government initiatives provided under the agreement.