Five Nepalese officials of the National Skills Testing Board (NSTB) are in Manila from March 1 to April 28, 2017 for a 4-month long program on Enhancement of Competency Assessment and Certification Systems.
The Customized program was designed to provide exposure on and practical application of the Philippine National Vocational Qualification System (NVQS) methodology in order to reinforce the development of their TVET’s assessment and certification systems and assist in improving the NVQS Project in Nepal.
The program is being organized by the College with the assistance of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Philippines. The program further aims to provide the participants with knowledge on various systems and practices related to competency enhancement and certification system.
Through quality improvement and expansion of its services in Nepal, NSTB is in transition towards the establishment of the National Vocational Qualification Authority (NVQA) under an Act passed by the Nepal Parliament. This innovation starts with an improvement in the existing system and development of the officials’ performance. The officials chose the Philippines as a benchmark and training ground to beef up their expertise on qualification systems.
The objectives of the activity are the following: (1) describe the National Vocational and Qualification Framework system of the Philippines and its implementation mechanism; (2) explain competency standards development, competency assessment tools development, assessment center management, results preparation and publication, and management of database related to competency assessment; (3) discuss how the Philippines conduct competency assessment and certification; and (4) prepare a Field Visit Report and Re-Entry Action Plan that will guide the institution in implementing vocational qualification framework in Nepal.
The program is being supervised by Dr. Ram Hari Lamichhane, CPSC Director General while program coordination is being handled by Dr. Romulita Alto, CPSC Faculty Consultant and who also acts as Resource Person.
Co-coordinators and resource persons include: Prof. Dr. G. Kulanthaivel, CPSC Faculty Consultant, Ms. Maria Susan P. Dela Rama, Executive Director (Director IV), TESDA Certification Office, Mr. Elmer K. Talavera Executive Director (Director IV) of the National Institute for Technical Education and Skills Development (NITESD, TESDA), Ms. Imelda B. Taganas, Executive Director (Director IV), TESDA Qualification and Standards Office, Ms. Maria Clara B. Ignacio, Center Chief, TESDA Women’s Center. Other Resource Persons include Mr. Julford C. Abasolo, Mr. Zoilo C. Galang, and Ms. Nelie A. Llovido Division Chiefs of TESDA Competency Standards Development Division, with Ms. Ma. Dianne C. Naag Senior TESD Specialist, TESDA Competency Assessment Division and Mr. Lorenzo Templonuevo, PhD of LiFT Training and Consultancy Services.
Aside from the lectures being held in CPSC, exposure trips to TESDA’s headquarters in Taguig City are set to equip the participants with further understanding on the actual systems and processes of competency assessment.
At the opening ceremonies, Dr. Lamichhane, in his welcome remarks, expressed his warm appreciation to the NSTB officials for giving their trust and confidence to CPSC in facilitating the program. He assured the officials that the program will help them gain comprehensive knowledge and expose them to actual practices in competency assessment in the Philippines. The newfound information and understanding will aid them to strengthen Nepal’s skills testing systems based from the action plans that they will develop for their own systems.
Dr. Alto, as Coordinator of the program, imparted an orientation on the program, schedule of lectures and various activities and places to visit. She ensured the participants for an excellent service and sincere support and assistance from every division and area of the College in view of achieving the objectives of the program.