The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Region IV-B (MIMAROPA), Philippines maximized new normal of online training by collaborating with the Colombo Plan Staff College (CPSC) for a 3-in-one program. CPSC, in cooperation with TESDA Region IV-B organized a Customized Program on Assuring TVET Institutes’ Quality through Results-Based Project Management and M&E from August 10-19, 2020 via Zoom.

The program trained a total of 22 Vocational School Administrators, Professors, Instructors and Administrative Officers coming from five institutions namely, Buyabod School of Arts and Trades (BSAT), Marinduque; Puerto Princesa SchooI of Arts and Trades (PPSAT), Palawan; Romblon National Institute of Technology (RNIT), Romblon; Simeon Suan Vocational and Technical College (SSVTC), Oriental Mindoro and Torrijos Poblacion School of Arts and Trades (TPSAT), Marinduque, Philippines.

The 8-day program tackled three areas such as results-based project management, monitoring and evaluation (M&E) and on the Asia Pacific Accreditation and Certification Commission (APACC). The program was specifically designed and organized for the participating institutions’ teams to: understand the concepts and processes of project management, develop a project proposal with logical framework, understand the results-based monitoring and evaluation (M&E) system, develop an M & E plan and understand quality management systems through APACC accreditation.

Dr. Ramhari Lamichhane, CPSC Director General, who was at the helm of the overall conduct and supervision of the program officially concluded the program and imparted some advices in his Closing Remarks. He encouraged the participants to apply and even replicate their learnings on project management, M& E and APACC throughout their daily lives and institutional operations. He said that the true measure of the successful outcomes of the program are proof of major changes and new improvements in the learning environments in the institutions, which he hoped to see when CPSC visits the institutions. He added that “CPSC is eager to see outcomes and impacts of this training.” He expressed his deep gratitude to the TESDA Director General and all the competent teachers and administrators of TESDA institutions within its purview that makes TESDA well-known globally.

Mr. Sanyog Bhattarai, Program Coordinator and Resource Person, in his Vote of Thanks thanked the participants for their cooperation and hard work for the whole duration of the 8-day program. He wished that the participants will apply the skills they have learned. He also extended CPSC’s appreciation to TESDA Region IV-B Regional Director Mr. Gamaliel Vicente, Jr. and all the officials of each institution namely: Dr. Sianita Tadlas - OIC and Acting Vocational School Administrator (VSA), PPSAT, Mr. Israfel Mangui, VSA II, SSVTC, Mr. Joey Morales, VSA, BSAT, Mr. Elveen Mondonedo Acting VSA, RNIT and Ms. Teresita Ferrer, Acting VSA, TPSAT. He further urged the participating institutions to pursue applications for APACC.

CPSC Resource Persons who provided inputs and insights about the topics also included, Engr. AbduI Ghani Rajput, Faculty Specialist, Mr. Rae Emmanuel Echaveria, Research, Publications and Information Dissemination Officer, and Ms. Adrienne AbriI, APACC Officer.

The program via online platform managed to be as interesting and engaging for the participants through interactive activities introduced by the resource persons which innovated the virtual delivery of the program.