Mixed emotions filled the evening of July 15, 2015 at Berjaya Hotel Makati, as the outgoing CPSC Director General, Dr. Mohammad Naim Yaakub, conveyed his farewell message and best wishes to CPSC as he leaves his post on July 15, 2015. In his parting words, he expressed his high appreciation to the CPSC Governing Board for their solid and consistent support for his management of CPSC affairs during his term as Director General. He thanked most especially the current CPSC faculty and staff and those who had previously served the College, for all their hard work under his leadership. Such teamwork and dedication of the CPSC team beginning from the GB members down to the CPSC staff are key elements to how CPSC continuously soar to greater heights.
In celebration of CPSC’s accomplishments under his leadership, Members of the CPSC Governing Board conferred a TVET Leadership Award for his remarkable contributions and strong commitment in pursuing TVET development in the Asia Pacific region. The plaque was signed and handed over by Atty. Teodoro Pascua, CPSC Governing Board Chairman (FY 2014-2015).
A portrait of Dr. Naim with highlights of his accomplishments was also presented by the CPSC Governing Board Members led by the current Governing Board Chairman (FY 2015-2016) and Ambassador of Singapore, Her Excellency Ms. Kok Li Peng. Highlights of his 4-year term achievements include: record breaking number of programs (162) and participation (13,344) in CPSC history; CAPTVEC (CPSC Asia Pacific Technical and Vocational Education Centers); APACC (Asia Pacific Accreditation and Certification Commission) Instrument revision and increase of APACC accredited institutions with APACC Accreditors Training, Assessment and Certification, and establishment of Association of APACC Accreditees (AAA); first-ever CPSC journal-STEPS (Scholarly Technical Education Publication Series); OnCOURSE (Online Course Ubiquitous Real-Time System of Education); honorary membership of internationally-recognized organizations; among many others.
In a show of regard and gratitude to the contributions of the outgoing CPSC DG to Philippine TVET (technical and vocational education and training), the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Philippines presented a Plaque of Recognition to Dr. Naim. TESDA Director General, Hon. Secretary Joel Villanueva, sent his best wishes to Dr. Naim and his sincerest thanks for all his relentless efforts in working for quality TVET in the country particularly through the APACC. The plaque, a special gift and the TESDA DG's message were presented and sent through Atty. Pascua, TESDA Deputy Director General for Technical Education and Skills Development Operations, TESDA Deputy Director General for Policies and Planning Ms. Irene Isaac and TESDA Executive Director Ms. Felicidad Zurbano.
Attending Members and representatives of the CPSC Governing Board, and guests, composed of Her Excellency Ms. Kok Li Peng, Ambassador of Singapore, H.E. L.D. Ralte, Ambassador of India, H.E. Safdar Hayat, Ambassador of Pakistan, H.E. Maj. Gen. John Gomes, psc (Retd.), Ambassador of Bangladesh along with Ms. Hana Suri, Second Secretary (Political), Embassy of Singapore, Ms. Bernadette Therese Fernandez, Executive Director, DFA-UNIO, Philippines, Ms. Siti Aliah Mansor, Second Secretary, Embassy of Malaysia and Col. Alejandro Escaño of Technical Vocational Schools Association of the Philippines (TEVSAPHIL), each imparted their farewell messages to the DG. All of whom expressed mixed feelings of sadness and admiration for the choice Dr. Naim has made with regard to both his career and family life and wished him the best of luck as he leaves CPSC.
On behalf of the CPSC faculty and staff, Dr. G. Kulanthaivel, CPSC Faculty, also gave his farewell message and thanked Dr. Naim for all the guidance and directions he provided for all the undertakings of the Staff College. The faculty and staff offered and presented tokens of appreciation to the outgoing DG which included CPSC publications, reports and a photo book of his memories in CPSC. Former faculty members such as Dr. Romulita Alto, Dr. Renato Sorolla and Dr. Paiboon Saiyawongs were also present in the event to send their warm wishes.
The newly elected Chairman of the CPSC Governing Board for FY 2015-2016, Her Excellency Ms. Kok Li Peng was also formally welcomed during the event.
Dr. Naim, the first Malaysian and 10th DG of CPSC served from July 14, 2011 to July 15, 2015.