First EPS skills test in PH a success–Baldoz
Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday said the first skills test held in the Philippines under the Employment Permit System (EPS) of Korea was successful, with the majority of the 684 examinees getting normal (50.6 percent) rating, and 49.3 percent obtaining good grades.
“I am pleased that the first EPS skills test in the country was successful. Those who passed the skills test will be prioritized for selection by Korean employers under the EPS,” Baldoz said, citing the report of Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POES) chief Hans Leo J. Cacdac on the results of the skills test.
“Only two of the examinees got a low grade of less than 100 scores,” Baldoz added.
Administrator Cacdac said EPS Manila Director Eunhee Jeong commented that the Philippines emerged as the sending country with the best EPS skills test venue among the 15 EPS countries.
Accroding to Cacdac, the EPS skills test, which were conducted in Metro Manila and Cebu, is a series of basic skills and physical tests of agility and strength.
“The skills test alilities of the Philippines-Korea Technological Cooperation Center in Taguig City, which is managed by the Philippine Veterans Affairs Office.
Cacdac said EPS applicants who will pass the next EPS-TOPIK on 16 November will have the option to take the skills test in December.
Secretary Baldoz said the skills test in the Philippines under the EPS system is provided for under the latest Memorandum of Understanding?Service Commitment Agreement which Baldoz signed as Secretary of Labor and Employment with Korea’s Ministry of Labor and Employment and the Human Resources Development of Korea.
“The skills test is on a voluntary basis and it is free, or at no cost to the worker,” said Baldoz.