With the recognition of the emerging need to promote quality assurance mechanisms among TVET institutions in the region particularly in the Philippines, the Asia Pacific Accreditation and Certification Commission (APACC) strives to spread the benefits and advantages of quality certified institutions in strengthening the trust and credibility among its clients and stakeholders by forging linkages with like-minded organizations in the region.
Succeeding the concluded onsite visit in the Dipolog of School of Fisheries (DSF) at Olingan, Dipolog City, Zamboanga del Norte from November 12-13, 2014, members of the Mindanao TVET Association (MinTVET) together with the officials of the Regional Assembly of Regional TVET Institutions (RATVETI) in Zamboanga Provinces , as well as the TESDA Zamboanga del Norte and Region IX Offices, gathered at the West End Court Hotel on November 14, 2014 to be oriented about APACC functions and witness the MOA signing between MinTVET and APACC.
A total of 75 administrators, instructors and officials from the different private and public TVET institutions from the different provinces of Region IX attended the program. The region covers the provinces of Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur and Zamboanga Sibugay, as well as Zamboanga City and Isabela City.
Senior officials who graced the program included Ms. Nelda Espiritusanto, the Regional Director of TESDA Region IX, Rev. Fr. Nathaniele Denlauso, the president of RATVETI and Dr. Irene L. Floro, President of MinTVET.
RATVETI and Dr. Irene L. Floro, President of MinTVET. In her opening speech, Ms. Espiritusanto expressed her utmost congratulations to MinTVET for leading the way for private TVET schools in Mindanao to apply for APACC accreditation. She also cited MinTVET’s role in achieving a high quality workforce that can be competitive not only high quality workforce that can be competitive not only locally but also regionally.
Dr, Irene Floro, president of MinTVET, cited the need for quality TVET institutions in Mindanao considering the geographical disadvantage which shifts the focus to Manila and away to the south. She mentioned that Mindanao is a place of great potential, as espoused by the highly competent school administrators. She also congratulated the Dipolog School of Fisheries for spearheading the journey towards quality improvement within the region and expressed her hope for at least 12 TVET institutions to undergo APACC accreditation.
As the CPSC Faculty Consultant and the APACC Team Leader of the Dipolog School of Fisheries on-site visit, Dr. Hazrat Hussain, representing the APACC president Dr. Mohammad Naim Yaakub presented some of the important aspects of APACC including the requirements, benefits, criteria measured and other details. He also addressed some of the questions presented by the audience and presented compliments on behalf of APACC to the organizers.
At the conclusion of the briefing, a Memorandum of Agreement between APACC and MinTVET was signed by Dr. Hussain and Dr. Floro and as witnessed by the high officials from the regional and provincial office. The memorandum of agreement cited the mutual support to advance the core principles of accreditation and certification of TVET systems for human resources development in the region.
It encourages both institutions to explore opportunities for further collaboration from encouraging additional TVET institutions to apply for APACC accreditation to expanding the existing pool of APACC accreditors by tapping MinTVET members to undergo APACC accreditor’s qualification process. It is hoped to advance the agenda of quality assured TVET through APACC accreditation through participation in APACC on-site visits to different applicant institutions.