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There's hope for displaced OFWs - TESDA

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Director General Emmanuel “Joel” Vilanueva of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) has said there are some opportunities from other foreign countries that await displaced overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) from riot-torn Libya and Egypt .

“There are many options available. There are demands from other countries like Qatar , New Zealand and Australia for skilled workers. However, it will be good for our overseas Filipino workers if they will be re-trained, re-assessed and given skills certification from the Philippine government,” said Villanueva who, together with Governor Wilhelmino Sy-Alvarado, graced the 1st commencement exercises of TESDA’s TWSP–Scholarship Program held at the Capitol Gym Thursday afternoon.

Villanueva said that TESDA is an authorized government agency that issues skills certification to graduates of technical and vocational schools.

He also said that there are also opportunities in the country. He said there are now a convergence of job opportunities for TESDA graduates in the agriculture industry and environment protection program of the government.

Alvarado, for his part, urged the new batch of TESDA graduates in the province to use their skills and talent at their home-province before entertaining ideas of working abroad.

Calling them the “new army” in the war against poverty, Alvardo encouraged the 1,200 TESDA graduates to work hard and excel in their chosen profession and help in building of a strong and stable economy in their own homeland.

“You are the frontliners in the revolution against poverty. Use your talents, skills and capabilities here in Bulacan in the company of your constituents,” Alvarado said. (PNA/PIA9-BST)




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