In heeding the call of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) - Philippines to provide additional management training to its middle to high level personnel, the Colombo Plan Staff College conducted, for the third time, the Executive Course on Strategic Planning and Administration held in the National TVET Trainers Academy from May 28 to June 1, 2018. The program invited thirty four (34) administrators from TVET provincial training centers (PTCs) nationwide.

This period’s course follows the success of the previous trainings embarked by CPSC held in two occasions. The first is from February 26 to March 2, 2018 attended by 30 administrators from TESDA-administered schools. The second is held from March 19-23, 2018 and was attended similarly by 32 administrators.

With the commencement of this batch, CPSC has already provided strategic plan training to 96 TVET school administrators, principals and center heads, a commendable demonstration of its expertise and commitment to the human resources development of its member countries especially in the field of institutional development and change management.

As with the previous events, the Director General, Dr. Ramhari Lamichhane and CPSC’s Faculty Consultant, Dr. Chithral Ambawatte, provided the main academic supervision both as the resource persons and program coordinators. In addition, the Acting Research and Publications Officer, Mr. Rae Emmanuel Echaveria and the Executive Secretary, Mr. Bryan Lazaro, also provided assistance to the resource persons as program facilitators.

The five-day event aided the participants in their preparation of their Institutional Development Plans (IDPs) as mandated by TESDA. They were also exposed to the rigorous process of strategic planning by assisting them in crafting the vision, mission, goals, objectives, strategies and activities of their institutions based on the analysis of their strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT). They were also introduced to basic institutional monitoring tools through the logical framework development.

To supplement the classroom workshops, the participants were also given the opportunity to familiarize themselves to some of the interesting places in Marikina City in a brief city tour on the afternoon of May 30, 2018. In cooperation with the Tourism Office of the city, they were able to visit the Shoe Museum, the Lucban Hat Factory, Gibson Shoe Factory Showroom and other attractions in the area.

The participants of the executive course focusing on their tasks during the five-day event

The Deputy Director General for Policies and Planning, Dir. Rosanna Urdaneta (left) and the Director of NTTA, Mr. Edward dela Rosa (right), delivering their respective speeches to welcome the participants to the program.

Dr. Lamichhane (left) and Dr. Ambawatte aiding the participants on their outputs