Ten (10) engineers from the Institute of Diploma Engineers Bangladesh (IDEB) were in Manila on September 2 to 6, 2019 for the Customized Program on Strategic Planning in Technical and Vocational Education and Training.

The participants specifically originated from the Bangladesh Power Development, Directorate for Disaster Management and the Local Government Engineering Department, which are specific government departments under the purview of IDEB. The delegation was led by Mr. A.K.M. Motaleb, Vice President CEC and Mr. Mohammad Nurul Islam, General Secretary of IDEB Jessore District Committee and Deputy Team Leader.

The customized program was designed to elaborate on strategic management as a process for setting both long-term and short-term strategic directions for the organization. The central thrust will be to achieve a sustainable competitive advantage since strategic management is the process of ‘strategic decision making’. It is expected that by learning the process of strategic planning and management, a systematic way of carrying the interrelated activities is undertaken to obtain desired goals and objectives of particular institutions.

The program was overall supervised by the CPSC Director General, Dr. Ramhari Lamichhane. Program logistics was coordinated by CPSC Faculty Specialist, Ms. Therese Tan Lee. The lecture also tapped the expertise of CPSC faculty and staff namely: CPSC Faculty Specialist, Engr. Abdul Ghani Rajput; CPSC Faculty Specialist, Engr. Sanyog Bhattarai and Research, Publications and Information Officer, Mr. Rae Emmanuel Echaveria.

Opening Ceremony

The opening ceremony was held on September 2, 2019 and was graced by the Ambassador of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh to the Philippines, H.E. Asad Alam Siam. He was also accompanied by Mr. Kamrul Tarafder, President of ASA Philippines Foundation.

The chief guests welcoming the delegation in their opening speeches: (left): Mr. Kamrul Tarafder, President of ASA Philippines; (right): H.E Asad Alam Siam, Ambassador of Bangladesh to the Philippines

The chief guests cited CPSC’s long partnership with Bangladesh during their respective speeches and hailed the organization for its contribution to the development of TVET in their country. They are also optimistic that the visit of this delegation will mean additional opportunities for further collaboration.

Their response was seconded by the Team Leader of the delegation, Mr. A.K.M Motaleb. In his opening remarks, he cited IDEB’s role as an honorary member of CPSC and their fruitful partnership since the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement between both organizations on May 16, 2014. They also expressed their optimism that the 5-day training program will be successful in terms of developing their skill in the development of their respective strategic plans.

In reply to their positive remarks, Dr. Lamichhane reiterated CPSC’s commitment to equip the stakeholders in the member countries and honorary member organizations with the necessary skills that will enable them to further be effective managers and administrators. He also expressed his appreciations to both IDEB and the Government of Bangladesh for their support to CPSC’s endeavors.

Visit Activities

The participants during the classroom sessions. For the period of five days, the participants were able to learn the process of formulating an organizational strategic planning. They were able to learn the conduct of SWOT Analysis, Risk Analysis and Assessment Plan and Stakeholder Analysis as preparatory documents for the Strategic Plan preparation. They were also draft their organization’s Vision, Mission, Goals, Objectives, Strategies and Activities. In addition, they were also able to learn the significance of the monitoring and logical framework as a way to monitor the progress of the strategic plan.

Visits to the TESDA and TESDA Women’s Center, Don Bosco- One TVET Technical School and Toyota Motors Philippines were also added to their itinerary to provide them practical examples of organizations with established strategic plans. They were also given the opportunity to go around Manila and see some of the tourist sites in nearby provinces as part of their exposure to Filipino culture and way of life.

The delegation at the Don Bosco-ONE TVET School in Makati

Visiting Toyota Motors Philippines in Santa Rosa, Laguna