Baldoz optimistic more OFW-teachers will avail of ‘Sa ‘Pinas, Ikaw ang Ma’am/Sir’ teaching opportunities

Date Posted: January 7th, 2015 03:43 AM

Tally of OFW-teachers with complete profiles reaches 209 Baldoz optimistic more OFW-teachers will avail of ‘Sa ‘Pinas, Ikaw ang Ma’am/Sir’ teaching opportunities Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday said a total of 209 overseas Filipino workers in Hong Kong with complete personal and professional profiles have been listed in the data base of ‘Sa ‘Pinas’, Ikaw ang Ma’am/Sir’, the pioneering convergence project of the DOLE, Department of Education, Professional Regulation Commission, and other government agencies conceived to provide licensed teachers working abroad, either as domestic workers or in non-teaching related occupations, to return to the Philippines to 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. Citing a report of the Director Chona Mantilla of the National Reintegration Center for OFWs (NRCO), an agency of the DOLE, Baldoz said an additional 12 domestic worker-teachers were added to the end-of-year number of 197 domestic worker-teachers who have signified their interest by applying online with the DepEd as teachers. “From the 209 domestic worker-teachers profiled, we have already endorsed 82 applicants to DepEd,” Baldoz said. In a previous press statement, the labor and employment chief bared that 10 domestic worker-teachers have passed the DepEd evaluation process and have now plantilla positions as Teacher 1. “I will endorse another 127 domestic worker-teacher applicants to the DepEd this week so their applications can be immediately evaluated,” Baldoz said. Relative to this, Baldoz said the Professional Regulation Commission reported that it has conducted Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET) in Israel, Hong Kong, and various parts of the Middle East in 2014. “According to the PRC, a total of 95 OFW examinees successfully passed the LET. These OFWs are still undergoing complete profiling by concerned Philippine Overseas Labor Offices (POLOs),” she said, adding: “The DOLE’s Bureau of Local Employment and the NRCO continue to profile OFW-teachers, not only those who are working abroad as domestic workers, but also those who are into non-teaching occupations, to entice them to come home and pursue or resume their teaching careers.” The DepEd, according to Baldoz, has 39,000 vacancies for Teacher 1 positions for 2015. At the 2nd Inter-Agency Meeting on ‘Sa ‘Pinas Ikaw ang Ma’am/Sir’ convergence project on 3 November 2014, the DOLE requested the DepEd to allocate 300 Teacher 1 positions for those who may want to avail of the opportunity. In connection with the online refresher course for OFW LET passers, the Philippine Normal University (PNU), Director Mantilla reported, has submitted its initial draft of the memorandum of agreement on the conduct of the refresher course, a DepEd requirement for teachers who have not been teaching for the past five years. “Our NRCO is evaluating the draft MOA to include module preparation, material uploading on the online platform, and technical assistance in the procurement and/or rental of needed IT equipment,” explained Baldoz, saying finally: “I am very much excited about this convergence program. We have conceived ‘Sa ‘Pinas Ikaw ang Ma’am/Sir’ as a modest start of a paradigm shift towards uplifting the status of OFWs, especially domestic workers.” END

Created Jan 26th 2015, 11:04


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