TACLOBAN CITY- The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) encourages its workers to avail of their free competency assessment under their National Technical Vocational Educational and Training Competency Assessment and Certification (NATCAC) program. Either self or wage employed, a TESDA worker can have the competency assessment and must demonstrate the competency of the skill they work and pass the assessment in order to be issued of the national certificate (NC).

Imelda Malatbalat, officer-in-charge of the regional operations division of TESDA-8, said that most employers nowadays require the NC before workers can go abroad.
“After undergoing training, workers must take competency assessment save for massage therapy, household and care giving,” Malatbalat said. As of June 2014, TESDA-8 has certified 61% of the 25,800 total target for the first semester of this year. TESDA also reported 31% accomplishment rate of their employment target which is 23,401.
It was also learned that the enrollment was only 34.38% or about 14,416 out of its target of 41,937.

And of this number, only 12,246 finished the six month courses offered by TESDA. High targets, damages to facilities and training centers caused by the supertyphoon Yolanda were the reasons cited for the decline of enrollment. (NIZA APRIL M. PORTEZA, LNU Intern)