The Colombo Plan Staff College (CPSC) Governing Board (GB) convened its 99th session on June 25, 2015 at the CPSC Headquarters in Manila, Philippines. The Board discussed eight agenda items including the Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2014–2015, Proposed operational plan and budget for fiscal year 2015–2016, application for honorary membership of the Technical Vocational Schools and Associations of the Philippines, Inc. (TEVSAPHIL), updates on 11th Director General Recruitment, and the election and turnover of Chairmanship and Vice Chairmanship of the GB.
The meeting was presided by Atty. Teodoro C. Pascua, Chairman of the CPSC GB and Deputy Director General for TESD Operations, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Philippines and was co-chaired by H.E. Kok Li Peng, Vice Chairman of the CPSC GB and Ambassador of the Republic of Singapore.
Apart from the CPSC Director General and Member Secretary Dr. Mohammad Naim Yaakub, the attendees were also comprised of H.E. L.D. Ralte, Ambassador of the Republic of India; H.E. Ye Myint Aung, Ambassador of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar; H.E. Safdar Hayat, Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan; Mr. Probash Lamarong, Chargé d' affaires, Embassy of Bangladesh; Ms. Bernadette Therese C. Fernandez, Executive Director, DFA – UNIO; and Ms. Siti Aliah Mansor, Second Secretary, Embassy of Malaysia.
After the presentation of annual report for fiscal year 2014 – 2015 by the Director General, the Board expressed its satisfaction to CPSC for recording the highest number of program participants while utilizing only a percentage of allotted budget, which denotes CPSC has been very efficient for the said fiscal year. The Board members likewise acknowledged the efforts done by CPSC to promote the Asia Pacific Accreditation and Certification Commission (APACC) in order to reach technical and vocational education (TVET) institutions in other countries. To date, additional two countries subscribed to APACC - Thailand and India which are expected to be visited by APACC within fiscal year 2015 – 2016.
In order to showcase TEVSAPHIL's mission, organizational structure, governance, and most importantly, their international and national projects and linkages, Ms. Patricia Dalmas, TEVSAPHIL's Corporate Secretary and Founding Director and Mr. Alexander Mercado, TEVSAPHIL's Executive Director made a presentation to the body as an aspiring honorary member.
The proposals and agenda items put forward by CPSC were given thumbs up by the Board including the operational plan and budget for fiscal year 2015 – 2016, as well as the application of TEVSAPHIL.
The election and turnover of leadership took place as the last agendum of the meeting. The Director General explained that CPSC elects the Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Board on rotational basis, following alphabetical order of countries represented. H.E. Kok Li Peng accepted the Chairmanship of the GB for fiscal year 2015–2016. The Member for Sri Lanka, who was not present during the meeting due to an out-of-country mission, will serve as the Vice Chairman.
Atty. Teodoro Pascua, the outgoing Chairman was presented a Plaque of Recognition for his leadership during his term. In his Valedictory speech, he expressed his appreciation to the members for the support and friendship and mentioned that being the Chairman of CPSC for a year was a rewarding and enriching experience for him. He stressed the importance of TVET in addressing the issues and common problems of developing countries including poverty. Lastly, he called upon the members to continue sharing prosperity together, which is also the main motto of CPSC.
The 98th GB Meeting will be held on January 28, 2016 (Thursday).