The Asia Pacific Accreditation and Certification Commission (APACC), continuing its mission to accredit and certify TVET institutions across the region, conducted two on-site visits to the TESDA-(Technical Education and Skills Development Authority) administered institutions in the Philippines. They are the (1) General Santos National School of Arts and Trades (GNSAT), General Santos City and (2) Arteche National Agricultural School (ANAS), Arteche, Eastern Samar on August 8-9, 2011 and August 16-17, 2011 respectively.
GNSAT is a public vocational training school established through House Bill 1803 dated May 20, 1971 and by Republic Act 7796 which was signed on August 1994, transferring GNSATto TESDA administration. The school is being headed by Mr.Abelardo C. Bonilla, Vocational School Administrator II.
ANAS, on the other hand, is a TESDA administered agricultural school located in the municipality of Arteche, Eastern Samar and was established through the Republic Act No. 3441 signed into law on June 6, 1962. It has one satellite campus located in the municipality of Oras, Eastern Samar. It isheaded by Mr. Adonis Caspe, VocationalSchool Administrator II.
The on-site visits facilitated the validation of the self-study reports submitted by the institutions through tour of facilities, checking of tangible documents, and validation of the current operations. These were done to determine if the respective institutions comply with the established regional standards of APACC in a TVET institute.
At the end of the visits, the APACC Team conveyed their appreciation to the hospitality and cooperation of the aforementioned institutions in making the on-site visits a success in strengthening regional cooperation and standardization through accreditation.
Results of the visits will be further deliberated by the APACC Board and shall be transmitted to TESDA for validation and approval.