MANILA – The Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) reports the success of its online review program, targeting overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who are graduates of nursing, education, and other courses but are non-board passers.
During the post-State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Wednesday, DMW Undersecretary Maria Anthonette Velasco-Allones cited the importance of the department’s partnership with the private sector and the support from their social partners in its various programs.
Velasco-Allones said the DMW started this year a partnership with different review centers in the country to help OFWs who want to take the board exam in their respective courses while working abroad.
”Isang success story ay yung partnership sa mga review centers natin. Marami tayong nurses, teachers, iba pang mga professionals abroad na hindi passers ng board. Inumpisahan namin this year, nag-conduct kami ng mga online review. Alam ninyo yung mga OFWs sa Middle East, sila yung nag-top ng mga nursing exams ng PRC [Professional Regulation Commission] (A success story is the partnership with our review centers. We have many nurses, teachers, and other professionals abroad who are not board passers. We started this year, we conducted online reviews. The OFWs in the Middle East, they are the ones who topped the PRC nursing exams),” Velasco-Allones said.
She also thanked the PRC, saying that the DMW is working very hard on this program.
“Nag-o-online review kami sa mga OFWs at nakaka-impress na sa kanilang breaktime, yun ay ginagawa nating available ang mga online review para kung magdesisyon silang umuwi, sila ay pasado na sa board (We are doing online reviews with the OFWs and we are really impressed that they take time to do their online review even during their breaktime, so that when they decide to finally go home, they are already board passers),” she said.
She said that aside from nurses, there are also a number of OFWs who are education graduates but did not pass the Licensure Exam for Teachers [LET].
Velasco-Allones said the Department of Education [DepEd] in partnership with the DMW, has a yearly allotment of teaching positions specifically for OFWs
For this year, she said a total of 1,200 teaching positions are available for returning OFWs who want to practice their profession.
She said the program is included in DMW’s “Sa ‘Pinas, Ikaw ang Maam, Sir [SPIMS] program, which is under its employment reintegration program. (PNA)