First 10 OFW teachers who passed may already start teaching—Baldoz

Date Posted: January 9th, 2015 05:20 AM

Update on ‘Sa ‘Pinas, Ikaw ang Ma’am/Sir Project
First 10 OFW teachers who passed may already start teaching—Baldoz

Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday he was informed by the Office of DepEd Secretary Bro. Armin Luistro that the first ten (10) teachers who have passed the DepEd screening process may already start teaching.

“I am very much elated by this good news from our partner, Secretary Luistro. This will be a great New Year start for the 10 OFW-teachers,” said Baldoz, who over the close of the year announced the names of the 10 OFW-teachers who had heeded the government’s call for them to return to the Philippines and teach in public schools after passing an evaluation process.

Citing a report of Director Anna Dominique Rubia-Tutay of the Bureau of Local Employment, Baldoz said the Department of Budget and Management had already issued the NOSCA, or Notice of Organization, Staffing and Compensation Action, which means that the 10 OFW-teachers may already be appointed and may already start teaching.

The DepEd, according to Baldoz, had already issued a memorandum addressed to concerned Division Superintendents that once the applicants have undergone and passed the selection process, they shall already be given permanent items and assigned to the schools that the DepEd had identified.

‘Sa Pinas, Ikaw ang Ma’am/Sir Project’ is the pioneering convergence project that the DOLE, DepEd, Professional Regulations Commission, and other government agencies conceived to provide licensed teachers who are working abroad as domestic workers or in non-teaching related occupations, to return to the Philippines and teach.

“A component of the National Reintegration Program for OFWs, ‘Sa Pinas, Ikaw ang Ma’am/Sir Project’ aims to re-direct OFW-teachers to pursue or resume their teaching careers,” said Baldoz, who had initiated the program with Secretary Luistro. Secretary Luistro had committed to provide returning OFW-teachers careers in the public education system to wean them away from domestic work and uplift their status.

Interest in the project is perking up, Baldoz said the other day when she announced that the number of OFW-teachers who had completed their profiles and signified intention to apply had already reached 209.

According to DepEd, it has 39,000 vacancies for Teacher 1 positions for 2015, and the DOLE had requested Secretary Luistro to allocate 300 of these positions for OFW-teacher returnees.

Meanwhile, the National Reintegration Center for OFWs (NRCO), which is shepherding the project with the BLE, said OFW-teachers who wish to avail of the opportunity under the project should follow the following simple steps:

(1) Accomplish the online survey application form at .
(2) Visit the nearest DOLE Regional Office, if applicant is already in the Philippines, or the Philippine Overseas Labor Office, if still abroad.
(3) Contact the NRCO at; telefax. (632) 527-6184; or the Bureau of Local Employment at 527-2453.
(4) Browse and add NRCO Facebook account at

“From there, the NRCO or the BLE will contact those applicants with complete profiles,” NRCO Director Chona Mantilla explained.

Qualified to apply for slots in the ‘Sa Pinas, Ikaw ang Ma’am/Sir Project’ are OFWs who have passed the Licensed Examination for Teachers, or LET; with teaching experience within the last five (5) years; or with experience beyond five (5) years; or those without teaching experience. Those with teaching experience beyond five years, or those without teaching experience will have to undergo a refresher course.


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