The National TVET Trainers Academy (NTTA), an academic institution under the supervision of the National Institute for Technical Education and Skills Development (NITESD), the trainers’ development arm of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) commissioned the Colombo Plan Staff College (CPSC) as an expert to guide them in formulating their 5-year organizational plan during the Special Program and Workshop on Strategic Planning. The said program tapped 34 experts from the different regions of the Philippines and was held on November 20 to 22, 2018 at the NTTA Campus in Marikina City, Philippines.
The overall purpose of the program is to equip the NTTA administrators and leaders with an idea on the institutional planning process or model which is better suited to its current capacity as a non-profit institution. Approaches such as consensus-building, empowerment and constituent’s need orientation were adopted in order to arrive at the most ideal scenario for NTTA’s institutional plan which will be forwarded to the higher authorities of TESDA.
The program also aims to impart the appreciation for the need and importance of strategic planning to the participants. The lectures and activities were designed for them to be able to understand the concepts, principles, processes and mechanisms of strategic planning and management, as well as to comprehend the steps involved in the process of strategic planning. At the end of this session, it is hoped that they are capable of designing and operationalizing a customized strategic planning framework and use this knowledge in guiding NTTA in developing their own institutional development plan.
The program tapped the expertise of the CPSC Faculty Consultant Dr. Romulita C. Alto, who acted as the overall program coordinator and resource person. She discussed the concepts and different approaches for strategic planning adopted by educational and training institutions.
The CPSC Director General, Dr. Ramhari Lamichhanne, visited the program on its first day to discuss some measures and insights on strategic planning
In addition to CPSC, the acting OIC-Assistant Director of NITESD, Mr. Edward dela Rosa, provided the discussion of the critical issues faced by NTTA and the results of its Strengths-Weakness-Opportunities-Threats (SWOT) Analysis.
The overall feedback and reception of the program was positive, with NTTA officials expressing their gratitude to the participants and CPSC for their efforts to aid the academy’s journey towards excellence through strategic planning and organizational development during the past three days of the workshop. The participants also expressed their gratefulness to the rich insights contributed by everyone in the program and hoped for the success of NTTA in its strategic planning exercises.