In continued implementation of the capacity building of master trainers for poverty alleviation in the Asia Pacific region under the CPSC-India Skills Development for Poverty Alleviation (SDPA) Project, the Colombo Plan Staff College for Technician Education (CPSC) in cooperation with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) conducted a special in-country program on Champion Leaders’ Development Program for TVET Skills for Poverty Alleviation from May 30 to June 3, 2011 at the National TVET Trainers’ Academy (NTTA), Marikina City, Philippines. This special in-country program is the third program held under the SDPA project, the first and second special ICPs were conducted in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, respectively.
Thirty-one (31) Champion Leaders from different TESDA-accredited TVET schools from regions across the country were trained to formulate plan, design and implement programs that elucidate diverse approaches to employability through TVET skills development modular programs and generic skills development as well as integrate entrepreneurship programs to address poverty alleviation in their respective municipalities.
The program was designed to provide participants with opportunity to appreciate the significance of TVET skills as a strategy for poverty alleviation and be able to formulate strategies and develop an action plan that will tackle poverty alleviation through TVET skills.
The three SDPA modules comprised of (1) Generic Skills Development for Poverty Alleviation, (2) Modular Employable Skills and (3) Social Entrepreneurship which are core competencies needed by champion leaders in formulating strategies and plans for poverty alleviation in the grassroots level were also discussed during the program.
Invited Resource Speakers namely Atty. Oscar Orbos, former Philippine Cabinet Member, Congressman/Provincial Governor and Ms. Maria Clara Ignacio, Chief TESD Specialist of the TESDA Women’s Center, shared their insights on the increasing role and importanceof social entrepreneurship in alleviating poverty in the Philippine scenario.
Both speakers stressed the importance of initiating a collective response to the current problems of the country through the promotion of social entrepreneurship initiatives. They cited cases of entrepreneurs who have been successful in their respective fields. Particularly, they expressed hope that the current batch of champion leaders will be able to fulfil the objectives of spreading the economic opportunities to all income groups.
Prof. Rajesh P. Khambayat, Ph.D., Officer-in-Charge, CPSC, supervised the overall management of the program as Program Coordinator. In his welcome remarks during the Inaugural Ceremony, he expressed appreciation to the Government of the Philippines through TESDA for its full cooperation to CPSC’s advocacy in addressing poverty reduction in the Asia Pacific region through capacity building programs such as this special ICP. Engr. Md. Jahangir Alam, Specialist, CPSC and Mr. Robert Estrella, Short-term Expert, CPSC assisted in the implementation of the program as Resource Speakers. Dir. Felicidad Zurbano, NTTA Director led the NTTA team in co-coordinating the program.
TESDA officials composed of Atty. Teodoro Pascua, Deputy Director General for Field Operations and Dir. Ted Sañico, Executive Director of the Office of TESDA Technology Institutions, attended the opening and closing programs and provided full support and guidance during the program.
The SDPA Project, under a broader initiative called the Asia-Pacific Capacity Building Project for Technical Human Resources Development for Poverty Alleviation of CPSC, was designed to highlight the essential role of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in stirring poverty alleviation ventures in the region. The project is being implemented in collaboration with the Government of India in line with the government’s commitment to initiate a capacity building initiative under south-south cooperation.