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TESDA administrators gather to upgrade tech-voc institutions


April 17, 2019

Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Technology Institutions (TTI) administrators from 120 institutions attended the annual administrators conference at the Queen Margarette Hotel, Downtown, Lucena City last March 29 to April 5 in a bid to improve operations of technical vocational institutions in the country.

Dubbed this year as Continuing Management Program for TTI Administrators (CoMPTTIA), this conference-training is held to create a venue for the TTI administrators to talk about current issues and recent developments affecting TTIs and plan for better management strategies to deliver better services for all TESDA stakeholders, in particular, for the trainees or students.

This is in line with the mandate of the National Institute for Technical Education and Skills Development (NITESD) unit of the Agency to recommend policies and guidelines for the maintenance and enhancement of the efficiency and effectiveness in the management and operations of TESD delivery in TTIs within acceptable standard set forth by the Authority.

The CoMPTTIA is held to discuss the challenges experienced by TTIs in the conduct and management of training programs in the country. Focusing on the current trends in tech-voc education and the 21st century skills of learners, the administrators looked into 11 management topics this year: 1) Institution Image Building; 2) Walkthrough on Skills to Succeed Academy (S2S); 3) Strengthening Advocacy on Drug-Abuse and HIV-Aids Prevention;  4) Benchmarking at QNAS (APACC Gold); 5) RTSUP (Institution-Based and RPIIT) Planning; 6) Manage Collection of Library holdings; 7) Green TVET Campus Evaluation; 8) Intellectual Property Rights; 9): Budget 101;  10) Investment Programming and Resource Generation; and 11) Review and Preparation of QM for Free TVET (2018 and 2019 budget) Utilization of UAQTEA Budget 2018 and 2019).

Besides TESDA officials Deputy Director Generals Gladys Rosales, Gaspar Gayona, Rosanna Urdaneta, Executive Directors Ma. Magdalena Butad, and Elmer Talavera, NITESD also invited external experts namely Asec. Teodoro Pascua and Engr. Eric Padem from the Intellectual Property Rights Office (IPO) and Ms. Grace Darunday from the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) to commence several lectures.

Director General Secretary Isidro S. Lapeña also joined the event. He told administrators that during his term as TESDA chief, he plans to continue visiting far flung areas of the country to see what’s happening on the ground and bring TESDA training to these communities.

"I am directing all TESDA regional and provincial offices to report their needs and suggest possible sources of financial funding so trainings are continuously held," said Lapeña.

Further, the Secretary also announced how he plans to better the strategies of tech-voc training in the country. Lapeña will look into the Asia Pacific Accreditation and Certification Commission (APACC) and Star Rating Systems of the Agency in recognizing best practices of the TTIs and technical-vocational institutions (TVIs).

The APACC is a regional accreditation and certification body established by Colombo Staff College (CPSC) member governments which recognize the need to cope with the rapid changes in the labor market and skills taught in technical and vocational education and training (TVET) institutions.

It also brings several benefits to TVET awardees like international recognition of the institution’s quality, accountability, and public trust; eligibility and reliability of TVET institutions for funding support from donors and other lending agencies; being part of the regional network of quality institutions that expand schooling and learning opportunities for students; and employer confidence on the selection of employees coming from accredited institutions.

CoMPTTIA presents best practices of administrators, honors top 10 TTIs

In connection, best practices were also shared from different clusters. Mr. Igmedio Casticon from Isabela School of Arts and Trade highlighted the recent infrastructure development in their TTI. Ms. Vivian Poblete of the Tacloban Regional Training Center (RPTC) presented how their TTIs provided employment for most of their Automotive Servicing NC graduates with their partnership with Isuzu.

Mr. Vicente Cruz, on the other hand, shared their successful implementation of green practices for sustainability. Meanwhile, Mr. Rheo Henry Rodriguez of the Taytay Provincial Technical Education and Skills Development Training Center (PTESDTC) showed how they successfully conducted their activities given a limited budget and personnel.

The event also distributed Plaques of Recognition to the 3 TESDA Technology Institutions who got the Gold Awards in the APACC: Puerto Princesa School of Arts and Trades (PPSAT) in Palawan; Quezon National Agricultural School (QNAS) in Quezon Province; and the TESDA Women's Center (TWC) in Taguig.  They followed the Lupon School of Fisheries (LSF) of Davao Oriental who got the first APACC Gold.

The top ten performing TESDA TTIs in the promotion of S2S Academy online modules were also recognized in the conference. The following training centers/ schools are ranked from the top: RPTC Binangonan, RTC KorPhil Davao, RTC VII-Cebu, Jacobo Gonzales School of Arts and Trades, San Francisco Institute of Science and Technology, General Santos School of Arts and Trades, Camarines Sur Institute of Fisheries and Marine Sciences, Kabasalan Institute of Technology, Quezon City Lingkod Bayan Skills Development Center, and Pangasinan School of Arts and Trades.

Additionally, all the TTI administrator-attendees toured around the Quezon National Agricultural School (QNAS) where a benchmarking was also done. They were given ample time to observe and note exceptional QNAS TVET practices that they can replicate in their own TTIs to improve and achieve awards similar to APACC.

“Everything for the benefit of the learners,” Talavera concluded the CoMPTTIA, reiterating TESDA's mandate.

TESDA articulates its objectives and strategies to create a conducive and enabling environment for the development and quality service delivery for the TVET sector in order to produce work- ready, globally competitive, green economy workers imbued with 21st century skills, as well as to prepare the Filipino workforce for the challenges in the future jobs.