Continuing the accreditation of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions in the Philippines, the Asia Pacific Accreditation and Certification Commission (APACC) conducted a two-day on-site visit to the Puerto Princesa School of Arts and Trades (PPSAT) located in Santa Monica, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan, Philippines, from June 16 - 17, 2011. The team was headed by the Manager of the Projects and Consultancy Division of the Colombo Plan Staff College (CPSC), Prof. TJ Tesoro - Gayondato and team member, Fr. Wieslaw Michal Dec, SDB, Professor of Don Bosco Center of Studies.
PPSAT is a Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Vocational Training Institute created by the Philippine Republic Act 7928 in 1995, the act which separated the Puerto Princesa School for Philippine Craftsmen from the Palawan Integrated National School. Itsmission is to provide competency-based training programs and strengthens linkages with partners to develop competent workers for local and global employment and entrepreneurial opportunities for quality life.
Competency-Based Courses being offered in PPSAT include Machining NC II, Shielded Metal Arc Welding NC II, Electrical Installation and Maintenance NC II, Masonry NC II, Plumbing NC II, Carpentry NC II, Tile Setting NC II, Food and Beverage Services NC II, Front Office Services NC II, Housekeeping NC II, Baking and Pastry Production NC II, Food Processing NC II, Consumer Electronics Servicing NC II, Computer Hardware Servicing NC II, Bookkeeping NC III, and Massage Therapy NC II.
Before the actual accreditation process began, the team was honored with a meeting with the Vice Mayor of the City of Puerto Princesa, Hon. Lucilo R. Baylon. Hon. Baylon cited the importance of accreditation in catering to the city’s tourism industry and at the same time promoting its advocacy towards a greener environment.
The Opening Program was graced by the TESDA Palawan Provincial Director, Mr. Arnel M. Campued, PPSAT Vocational School Administrator III, Dr. Clarissa C. Posadas, the instructors and staff of PPSAT; and the APACC Team composed of the accreditors and support staff, Ms. Adrienne Abril and Mr. Rae Emmanuel Echaveria.
The 2-day on-site visit aimed to assess if PPSAT is competent to carry out specific tasks for assessing and enhancing academic and educational quality and if they meet the seven (7) APACC accreditation criteria – Governance and Management; Teaching and Learning; Faculty and Staff; Research and Development; Extension, Consultancy, and Linkages; Resources, and Support to Students.
The onsite visit included a tour of the school premises and an ocular inspection of the school’s existing facilities. Interview with the Vocational School Administrator, instructors, staff, and former students of the institution were also conducted to strengthen the data gathered by the accreditors as well as to seek their suggestions and views.Results of the accreditation status will be declared in due time.