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. .. In accordance with the directive from the Office of the President to streamline the bureaucracy in the provision of pre-employment and the welfare services to migrant workers, pursue the Continuous Service Improvement (CSI) Program of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and strengthen the accountability of all the players in the overseas entertainment sector, all guidelines on the training, assessment, certification and deployment of overseas performing artists are hereby amended. .. I. GENERAL PROVISIONS . 1. The training assessment and certification of overseas performing artists shall be mainstreamed within TESDA's existing standards and procedures. The POEA shall cease to accredit and inspect training centers. 2. The Performance Assessment (PA) shall be the sole skill test instrument to be instituted by TESDA through its accredited testing officers and venues. Any other performance showcase, preview or audition shall be the responsibility of the entertainment industry. 3. The certificate of training by accredited training centers shall not be a precondition to performance assessment and certification. Based on the universal principle of recognition of prior learning, any aspiring performing artist may opt to proceed immediately to performance assessment, without formal skill training. For female dancers, singers and all-girl bands not falling under the exempted category as provided in No. 6 below, they must be endorsed by a POEA-licensed agency. (Series of 2001) . .

4. The Artist Book (ARB) shall be issued by TESDA and shall constitute as the single document to certify to the skill competency of the performing artist and the successful completion of the performance assessment. 5. The academic training and testing shall be restructured into the Comprehensive Orientation Program for Performing Artists or COPPA. The COPPA shall be a cooperative undertaking by the NGO's and the entertainment industry including training centers under the guidelines and supervision of the POEA. 6. Outstanding, seasoned, professional and/or popular performing artists, including those who represent the country in international competition or in prestigious show, shall be exempted from training and testing, provided that they are certified by their respective artists' guilds or associations duly recognized by TESDA. The TESDA shall facilitate the issuance of testimonial ARB to such artists, without prejudice to verification and/or submission of supplemental documents such as press releases, announcements, posters, artist's folio and the like if necessary under the circumstances. 7. Any POEA licensed recruitment agency desiring to operate and maintain a training center must subscribe to TESDA regulations on training centers. Likewise, any TESDAaccredited training center desiring to entertain booking transactions and artist deployment must subject to the licensing rules of POEA. 8. OPA or Overseas Performing Artist for purposes of this Order shall refer to a performing artist including novelty act performers seeking to qualify for or is engaged in overseas employment. . II. REGISTRATION OF TRAINING PROGRAMS, TRAINING CENTERS AND TRAINORS . The following guidelines shall apply in the conduct of registration of training programs, training centers and trainors: 1. Training programs for performing artists shall be covered by the regulations governing the Unified TVET Programs Registration and Accreditation System (UTPRAS) of the TESDA.

2. Any training center, including the training arm of licensed recruitment agencies, may register with the TESDA in accordance with the set standards and procedures. A registration certificate shall be issued by TESDA. 3. Any entity applying for a license to recruit and deploy OPAs shall be required to submit a TESDA registration certificate for its own training center or a conduct of tie-up with a training center duly registered with TESDA. 4. The TESDA shall administer the training as well as accreditation of trainors. Trainors are qualified to be assessors. 5. Graduates of the training program shall be issued Certificate of Training by their respective training centers. . III. ACCREDITATION OF ASSESSMENT CENTERS AND ASSESSORS . A. ASSESSMENT CENTERS 1. The TESDA shall accredit a limited number of assessment centers as may be necessary to meet market demand in accordance with guidelines issued for the purpose. 2. The TESDA may accredit and utilize existing performance or testing venues, as it may deem appropriate for the effective and efficient implementation of the performing artists certification program. 3. The TESDA shall establish and promulgate standards and conduct an ocular inspection and evaluation of the assessment center to determine its suitability for assessment. B. ASSESSORS 1. The TESDA shall train and accredit assessors in accordance with established standards and guidelines issued for the purpose. 2. Only professional performing artists or teachers in the performing arts who possess the required professional training, experience and integrity in the performing arts circle and the entertainment sector may be accredited as Assessors. TESDA shall limit the number of assessors.

3. Accredited trainors, officers and staff of training centers and licensed recruitment agencies as well as assessment centers are disqualified to be assessors. . IV. CONDUCT OF OPA ASSESSMENT AND CERTIFICATION . 1. The assessment and certification of performing artist shall be administered by the TESDA through accredited assessors and assessment centers, following the standard instrument under the TESDA Occupational Qualification and Certification System or TOQCSY. 2. An individual performing artist may choose to submit directly to performance assessment in accordance with provision I.3. In case of failure, he/she may subject himself or herself for a second try without undergoing formal training. After two failures, it shall be mandatory for the OPA to obtain formal skills training. 3. The performance assessment shall involve the exhibition of individual performance arts skills. In case of dancers and musicians, it will likewise involve the ability to perform in a group. 4. The OPA who passes the performance assessment shall be issued an Artist Record Book (ARB) by the TESDA. 5. The ARB shall be used in the application for the Certificate of Eligibility (COE) for Japan bound OPAs or for other entryrelated document as required by other countries. The ARB shall be valid for three years from the date of issue. The ARB shall remain a requirement of the POEA in the processing of documents of performing artists for overseas employment. 6. Any valid request for exemption from performance assessment received from outstanding and popular performing artist with short-term engagement must be submitted to the Office of the Director-General for the issuance of the testimonial ARB following the guidelines to be issued for this purpose. . V. DEPLOYMENT AND DOCUMENTARY PROCESSING OF OPAs . 1. Only agencies duly licensed to recruit and deploy OPAs are

allowed to entertain booking opportunities for performing artists and attend to the deployment requirements of the POEA. 2. The POEA shall ensure that all OPAs possess an ARB and a Certificate of Attendance to COPPA in the processing of their documents. 3. Attendance to the COPPA by outstanding and popular performing artists with testimonial ARB shall no longer be required. 4. The POEA shall not entertain requests for exemption from minimum age requirement for OPAs engaged in a booking contract or covered by a working visa. The DOLE may, however, extend assistance to facilitate any under-aged performing artists who are accompanied or in a show of prestigious nature. . VI. TRANSITORY PROVISIONS . 1. TESDA and POEA are given three (3) months from the date of effectivity of this Order to fully operationalize these new policies and procedures. 2. The POEA shall cease to hold custody of ARBs for all OPAs with booking contract immediately. The POEA shall release the ARBs under its custody to the OPAs and provide TESDA a certified list of OPAs with ARBs. . The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) are hereby directed to issue guidelines in the implementation of this Order. All issuances inconsistent with this Department Order are hereby superseded. For the guidance and strict compliance by all concerned. . . 09 October 2001 . .