A five-day study tour of the Philippines' TVET system for 5 officials from the Department of Human Resources (DHR), Ministry of Labor and Human Resources (MoLHR), Bhutan was facilitated by the Colombo Plan Staff College (CPSC) from June 13-18, 2016.
The delegation is composed of: (1) Mr. Kinley Wangdi, Director, DHR-MoLHR; (2) Mr. Sangay Dorji, Chief Program Officer, DHR-MoLHR; (3) Mr. Palden Tshering Chief Human Resources Officer, DHR-MoLHR; (4) Mr. Wangchuk Chief Program Officer, DHR-MoLHR and (5) Mr. Jigme Dorji, Principal, National Institute of Arts and Craft, MoLHR.
The visit was organized in line with MoLHR's mandate to "achieve a globally competitive workforce for a cohesive society and secure economic future for all citizens through the provisions of policies and programs on TVET and human resource development activities". Bhutan's TVET agencies aimed to establish institutional linkage with Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and to exchange institutional information with various TVET institutes, organizations and industries in the Philippines. The linkage would fulfill the objective of observing and learning good practices of public and private TVET institutions in the Philippines.
On behalf of Dr. G. Kulanthaivel, who was at an official mission in Sri Lanka at the time of the visit, CPSC's Faculty Consultant, Dr. Romulita Alto welcomed the delegation. She relayed Dr. Kulanthaivel's message of support and well wishes, stating CPSC's commitment in further aiding its member countries in realizing its aspirations in the consistent enhancement of TVET delivery.
The delegation visited TVET institutions such as the MFI Foundation and the Jacobo Z. Gonzales Memorial School of Arts and Trades (JZGMSAT) to better expose themselves in the workings of a TVET institution in the Philippines. They also visited the headquarters of Toyota Motors Philippines to know how the industry participates in the employment of TVET graduates. Lastly, they made a courtesy call to the officials of Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and initiate formal arrangements to establish linkages. TESDA is a Philippine government agency tasked to manage and supervise technical education and skills development in the country. The Bhutanese officials also visited the TESDA Women's Center (TWC) to observe some of the technical programs specifically designed for women trainers.