Dr. Lamichhane (center) with some CTECs during a field visit to Davao City and its surrounding areas.

In his capacity as the Director General of CPSC, Dr. Ramhari Lamichhane was in Davao City to attend TESDA’s National Congress of Community Training and Employment Coordinators (CTECs). The event was held at the Grand Regal Hotel on December 10-14, 2018.

A total of 79 CTECs coming from the different regions of the Philippines attended the National Congress to validate the draft Competency Standards (CS) of CTECs, gather inputs for the development of Competency Assessment Tools (CATs) for the CTEC CS, conduct mapping of CTEC networks, and formulate strategies for community training and employment coordination.

The CTECs are focaI persons from Local Government Units (LGUs) trained by TESDA to plan, organize, manage and monitor community-based training and enterprise development programs at the community level.

During the opening ceremony, Sec. Isidro S. Lapeña, TESDA Director General, mentioned the importance of partnership and the significance of close coordination between TESDA and LGUs to strengthen the awareness of local communities on TESDA's programs and services.

Dr. Lamichhane delivering his paper to the audience Dr. Lamichhane receiving his certificate presented by Mr. Elmer K. Talavera, the Executive Director of the National Institute for Technical Education and Skills Development (NITESD)

During the event, Dr. Lamichhane presented a paper on the relevance of TVET in social development vis-à-vis Industry 4.0. He also introduced CPSC to participating CTECs and offered its training services to them as another option to those currently being offered by TESDA. He also met with key officials of TESDA including their Director General, Dr. Isidro Lapeña; Deputy Director General for Policies and Planning, DDG Rosanna A. Urdaneta, and Executive Director of National Institute for Technical Education and Skills Development (NITESD), Mr. Elmer K. Talavera. They discussed common concerns on TVET implementation and updates in the Philippines. Visits to various sights in Davao City and nearby cities of Digos and Panabo were also part of the activities.