In an opportune time to advance its cause not only on the ASEAN Community but as well in many technical education thrusts and trends and integrate with the College's host country the Philippines, toward a mutual advocacy for human resources development through TVET, the Colombo Plan Staff College signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the Technical Vocational Schools and Associations of the Philippines (TEVSAPHIL).
The MOA signing signifies stronger ties with various "tech-voc" schools and associations all over the Philippines through TEVSAPHIL. The understanding also marks partnership for the first collaborative venture of CPSC and TEVSAPHIL for the 3rd National Technical Education and Skills Development Congress on Philippine Technical Education and Training in the New World Economy slated to be held on October 17, 2014 in Davao City, Philippines.
The TESD Congress is an annual gathering of TVET Leaders, Trainers, Workplace Managers, Industry Stakeholders, TESDA (Technical Education and Skills Development Authority) Officials, and other key players in TVET from all over the Philippines to discuss issues and concerns in technical education and skills development. Central to the discussions would be on four major perspectives namely, 1) socio-economic; 2) K to 12 and ASEAN Integration; 3) education governance and 4) entrepreneurship education and training. All these perspectives will be deliberated vis-à-vis the country's education and development in relation to global economy and development. The Congress is set to formulate Resolutions for national TVET policy reforms and recommendations that shall offer TVET's contribution to the development of the country's economy.
For the first time in the annual TESD Congress, an International Conference will be held this year as a unique feature of the event. Providing the international touch to the event is CPSC's participation as co-organizer with provision of Resource Person and participation of its faculty members and staff.
Dr. Mohammad Naim Yaakub, CPSC Director General represented the College in the MOU signing, while Col. Alejandro Escano, Chairman and President of TEVSAPHIL, signed the MOU. Witnessing the landmark event was Atty. Teodoro Pascua, Deputy Director General of TESDA and Dr. G. Kulanthaivel along with other faculty and staff members of both institutions. Attendees to the event include, from the CPSC side Dr. Zulkifli Zacaria, Faculty, Ms. Arlene Cruz, RPID Officer, Ms. Adrienne Abril, Executive Secretary, : and from TEVSAPHIL, Ms. Sandra Montano, Director, TEVSAPHIL and President,CHEERS, Mr. Alex Mercado, Executive Director, TEVSAPHIL and President, ACTEC , Dr. Horacio M. Montefrio, President IETI School System, and others. The signing was held on October 3, 2014 at the Manila Polo Club in Makati City, Philippines.
Dr. Naim, conveyed his appreciation to TEVSAPHIL in opening new doors of opportunity with CPSC through threading similar pathways for the future of TVET for the country and in its link in the global community. Col. Escano responded in an equally thrilled mood by saying that both TEVSAPHIL and CPSC is in "heat" in its desire to work together for the progress of the local and global economy through TVET.
Atty. Pascua, on the other hand, extended his blessing to the significant "marriage" of the two institutions through the signing. He congratulated the new "team" and wished for the success of the upcoming collaborative venture in Davao and for their future joint activities.