September 3, 2006
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Gov’t extends help to OFW returnees

For most overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) coming home to the Philippines from war-torn Lebanon is not the end of their ordeal. Now, they say, they have to start all over again and find work elsewhere.

In an effort to help these displaced OFWs, the national government has designed a training program called SUPERPINOY or Skills Upgrading for Employment and Re-employment of Pinoys.

The latest training program to be implemented under the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) will cover areas of personality development, home safety, childcare, home management, cooking and care of pets.

Regino Sebastian, supervising specialist, of the TESDA provincial office here said, the returnees will be given priority under this program.

“It is a re-tooling or upgrading of their skills to make them more competitive, for their immediate employment abroad and hopefully to afford them better work benefits,” he said.

“They can chose from three modules, depending on the number of hours that they are willing to train,” he said.

It was learned that module I require a minimum of 200 training hours and will entitle the trainee to a National Certificate I making him/her eligible to work as domestic helper and receive a monthly salary of $250 to $350. For module II, a minimum of 235 hours is required to earn a National Certificate II or Supermaid and a pay of $350 to $450. Meanwhile, module III require a minimum of 270 hours and the trainee will be given a National Certificate III or Household Service Manager similar to Valet and Governess and a pay of $450 up.

“If they want to avail of the program, they can get their training coupon from the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) and present it to our office,” Sebastian said.

“TESDA in turn will make arrangements and endorse them to accredited training centers in the city,” he added.

The P5000-worth training is given for free to the OFW returnees, he said.

“Otherwise, they can also train as call center agents or legal and medical transcriptionists which is very much in demand in the country today,” Sebastian said.

Aleli Aggasid-Batara, Contributor

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