Distressed overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) returning home can look forward to free skills training from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) to help them find employment, whether here or abroad.
”Through this project, we would determine the necessary assistance needed should the OFWs decide to put up a business, or seek other income-generating opportunities,” said TESDA Director General Guiling Mamondiong.
The program also extends to the OFWs’ immediate family, according to TESDA.
138 OFWs arrived in Manila after availing of Saudi Arabia’s amnesty program.
President Rodrigo Duterte stressed that the government will give importance and provide repatriation and livelihood assistance to the OFWs.
He also cited that the government has an ongoing program for the repatriation of distressed OFWs, adding that he wants to allot a budget to provide the OFWs a capital to start a business.
OFWs who wish to avail of the free skills training from TESDA may visit the agency’s district, provincial and regional offices.
Applicants must submit a referral letter from the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) and passport.
Their family members, on the other hand, must submit a photocopy of the OFW’s passport, authorization letter from the OFW, marriage/birth certificate to prove that they are immediate relatives of the OFW. (PNA) MCCA
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