Fifteen country representatives and liaison officers from the different CPSC member countries, industry partners and other high-profile guests graced the Senior Executives Conference, 3-day event that will chart CPSC’s direction in the next five years. The conference, held from December 9-11, 2017, is the final phase of the Strategic Plan 2018-2023 preparation which saw the organization of the National Consultation Meeting and Workshop and the Experts Meeting which were organized on July 13, 2017 and September 20-21, 2017, respectively.
The participants came from Bhutan, Fiji, India, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka and Thailand in addition to a representative from CPSC’s honorary member, the IDEB-Bangladesh. Representatives from the Meralco Foundation, Asian Development Bank and Toyota Foundation, Inc. were also in the venue representing CPSC’s multi-sectoral partners.
The program was supervised overall by the CPSC Director General, Dr. Ramhari Lamichhane. The program logistics and arrangements meanwhile, were facilitated by Dr. G. Kulanthaivel, CPSC Faculty Consultant and program coordinator.
The opening program was graced by the Ambassador of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh to the Philippines, H.E. Asad Alam Siam. His presence signified the commitment of the member countries in CPSC’s aspiration to further contribute to the development of the human resources in the region to TVET. In his opening speech, he mentioned CPSC’s role in uniting the countries from different regions to focus and aspire for a sustainable economic development through the development of TVET. He underscored CPSC’s contribution to the development of their country, and wished the participants their best on the three days ahead.
The opening ceremony was also marked with a book launching of CPSC newest publication entitled “Quality TVET in the Asia-Pacific Region: National Vocational Qualification Systems of CPSC Member Countries”. This book is a compilation of vocational qualification frameworks of Bangladesh, Bhutan, Fiji, Korea, Malaysia, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka and Thailand and were gathered during the Regional Program on Sharing and Learning on National Vocational Qualification Systems held from March 6-10, 2017 at Nepal.
During the three-day activity, the participants are expected to validate the findings of the participants of the Experts’ Meeting and finalize the draft Strategic Plan 2018-2023 which will be presented in the anticipated 104th nGoverning Board Meeting in January 2018. The participants are also expected to talk about the emerging institutional issues that CPSC faced in the past five years and anticipate the emerging challenges that CPSC will face in the future.
The delegates elected Dr. Mohammad Naim bin Yaakub, the Deputy Director General of the Department of Polytechnic Education Malaysia and the 10th CPSC Director General as the head of the Senior Executives. He facilitated the responses of the participants to further improve and finalize the Strategic Plan in its current form.
At the end of the three-day event, the participants were able to agree on the draft vision, mission, goal, objectives, strategies and activities which was ratified through a signing ceremony held on the Closing Program on December 11, 2017. Their signatures ratified the approval of the delegates to the document and symbolically gave their guidance to CPSC as it embarks on another phase of its operations.
The participants were able to visit some of the important sights in Metro Manila particularly the Toyota School of Technology in Santa Rosa, Laguna where they met with Engr. Ronald Gaspar, the Assistant Vice President and Operations Manager of the Toyota Motors Philippines Foundation. They were also able to see the Toyota Philippines plant for themselves and be oriented with the latest technologies and trends adopted by Toyota Foundation on technical education and Training.
The participants were also able to visit some of the sights and tourist attractions in Metro Manila particularly Intramuros, Luneta and Bonifacio Global City during the city tour activity on December 10, 2017.
Overall, the participants expressed their gratitude and appreciation to CPSC for organizing this event in behalf of the member countries. They relayed their optimism on CPSC’s future and mentioned that it is now their turn to do their part and align their plans in TVET towards CPSC’s direction.