Thirty (30) administrators from the TESDA schools and training centers from all over the Philippines attended an Executive Development Course on Strategic Planning held at the National TVET Trainers Academy in Marikina City, Philippines from February 26-March 2, 2018.
The program was a partnership between the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), National TVET Trainers Academy (NTTA) and the Colombo Plan Staff College (CPSC), with the latter providing the material content, program design and expertise. It elaborated on strategic management as a process for setting both long-term and short-term strategic directions for the TESDA-administered schools in the country.
The Director General, Dr. Ramhari Lamichhane and CPSC’s Faculty Consultant, Dr. Chithral Ambawatte, provided the main academic supervision as the resource person and program coordinator, respectively. In addition, the Acting Research and Publications Officer, Mr. Rae Emmanuel Echaveria and the Executive Secretary, Mr. Bryan Lazaro, also provided assistance to the resource persons as program facilitators.
Meanwhile, the Director of NTTA, Mr. Edward dela Rosa and Chief TESD Specialist, Mr. Elysius Fondevilla, provided the support to the logistics to the program as the institutional coordinators. The design and methodology of the program focused on the ways of formulating of the institutional vision, mission, strategic goals, objectives, strategies and activities as practiced during the creation of the periodic Strategic Plan adopted by CPSC. These approaches were embarked in order to instill the relevance of this said plan to the development of a TVET institution as well as to understand its role in its continued sustainability and progress.
The opening program was held on February 26, 2018 and was attended by the TESDA Deputy Director General for Policies and Planning, Dir. Rosanna Urdaneta. In her opening speech, she stressed the expectations of TESDA to the administrators in coming up with a viable and realizable institutional development plan (IDPs), which is necessary for TESDA to know their directions and possible interventions. Likewise, she affirmed CPSC’s expertise in this particular intervention and hoped for a productive and relevant training session that will impart lessons for the participants as they return to their own localities.
The five-day activity was well-received by the participants and considered them to be timely and relevant to the development of their institutions. As communicated by NTTA itself, the course received an excellent feedback and rating from the participants. It is hoped as well that a similar program will be organized in March 2018 to benefit more TESDA administrators.
Dr. Ramhari (center) with the TESDA and NTTA officials during the opening ceremony
(Left Photo) Dr. Ramhari answering questions from the participants, (Right Photo) Dr. Chithral explaining the program schedule to the participants
(Left Photo) The participants turning on to easel boards to scrutinize their outputs before their presentation, (Right Photo) Dr. Ramhari (right) providing coaching to the participant on his output