On invitation of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Philippines, the Officer-in-Charge of the Colombo Plan Staff College (CPSC) and Asia Pacific Accreditation and Certification Commission (APACC) Prof. Dr. G. Kulanthaivel and Former Director General Dr. Mohammad Naim Yaakub presented a joint paper during the First National Quality TVET Forum with the theme "Raising the Quality of TVET: A Key to Regional Economic Integration and Global Excellence" held on September 9, 2015 at Mandaue City, Cebu, Philippines.
The presentation titled "The Asia Pacific Accreditation and Certification Commission – Accreditation and Certification of TVET Institutions for Student and Labor Mobility", focused on the process of APACC accreditation, point system, evaluation and award system, and organizational structure. The presenters highlighted how APACC ensures quality improvement through monitoring the actions taken by accredited institutions on recommendations given by on-site visit team. Some benefits derived from being APACC accredited are promotion of institutions through various media and opportunity to be part of the Association of APACC Accreditees (AAA) which will promote faculty and student exchanges and other collaborative activities. Lastly, they tackled the objectives of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) mutual recognition agreement and ASEAN qualifications reference framework. The presentation was followed by a panel discussion on the benefits of APACC accreditation.
Attended by about 500 participants, the conference was addressed and officiated by several high ranking personalities of Mandaue City and TESDA Central Office including Honorable Jonas C. Cortes, Mayor of Mandaue City; Hon. Sec. Joel Villanueva, TESDA Director General; Atty. Teodoro Pascua, TESDA Deputy Director General for TESD Operations; Ms. Irene M. Isaac, TESDA Director General for Policies and Planning; and Ms. Mary Ann G. Roble, President, Cebu Association of Public-Private TVET Institutions (CAPPTI).
Apart from APACC, overview on several accreditation and quality management systems and how they could improve the quality of training provision were presented such as the Philippine Quality Award, Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities Commission on Accreditation (PACUCOA), and ISO 29990 Learning services for non-formal education and training. The TVET Programs Star Rating System was also launched during the event.