TESDA plans to open five more foreign language courses

MANILA, Philippines — The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) wants to launch five more foreign language courses for Filipino workers in an effort to upskill Filipino workers.

In a statement on Saturday, TESDA Deputy Chief Operating Officer Ancieto Bertiz III said its National Language Skills Center “plans to open additional language courses, such as Arabic, Mandarin, Korean , Italian and French”.

The agency said there was no target date yet for the availability of the language courses offered.

The new offers will strengthen the competitive advantage of Filipino workers, TESDA said.

TESDA Deputy Director General Rosanna Urdaneta said she was working with foreign embassies and international organizations to roll out the courses.

TESDA said its National Language Skills Center (NLSC) currently offers English proficiency courses for customer service workers, Japanese language and culture, and Spanish language for different vocations.

President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., in his June 30 inaugural address, emphasized learning the national language “with equal emphasis and ease in a global language.” He also pointed out that overseas Filipino workers need every advantage to survive and prosper in foreign soils. — Angelica Y. Yang

Sylvester L. Goldfarb