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by: Jose G. Geñorga


                At the beginning, we envisioned to establish a learning institution that will help reduce poverty.  We believe this could be done by offering technical and short-term courses.  Today, BNVTS has emerged like a jeweled mantle…slowly adopting…readjusting to TESDA’s mandate and reform programs.


                The Game theory presented two strategical process of operation in TESDA.  One is devolution of functions of CBTED to LGUs and retionalization of the transfer of Secondary Schools to DECS (DepEd).  Whatever it is, we need refurbishment of action for a quality TVET.  Since 1990 Philippine TVET has undergone serious review.  The congressional Committee on Education (Edcom) has analyzed the entire Philippine Educational System and came up with the three mandated educational branches:  the CHED, TESDA, and DECS (DepEd).  From 1996 to 1998 studies were conducted by TESDA financed by World Bank and ADB to improve quality technical education.

                In TESDA, 1994 to 1999 was the first five-year cycle which focused on the following: 1995 as the Transition Period, 1996 – Reengineering for Competitiveness, 1997 – Improving TVET Policy Environment, 1998 – Kasanayan Kabuhayan, 1999 – Employment Enhancement and workers protection.  The 2nd 5-year cycle was under the new millennium era characterized by clear reformulation of TESDA’s Vision, Mission, and Value Statement.  During this cycle TVET has three prolonged directions focused on global competitiveness, rural development, and social integration. In line with this, TESDA presented 7 strategic directions. These were the following: AUTHORITY, PARTNERING, CENTER OF EXCELLENCE, ASSESSMENT AND CERTIFICATION SYSTEM, DUAL TRAINING, CONVERGENCE AND ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT, AND OVERSEAS EMPLOYMENT.

                Another program under the second cycle of operation was QUALITY ASSURED TESD which means TESDA as Authority shall also be responsible for ensuring Quality in all aspect of TVET.

                The Unified TVET Programs Registration and Accreditation System (UTPRAS) and the TESDA Occupational Qualification and Certification System (TOQCS) were TESDA’s major responses towards quality assurance.

                At present we have the PTQF (Philippine TVET Qualification Framework) wherein this strategy gives recognition to the qualification and certifies the skilled workers.  The structure of the PTQF is the basis for giving recognition to the attainment of knowledge, skills, and attitudes in occupations along the middle-level profession.  The TESDA training system includes the development of competency standards, TVET program, registration and accreditation of training delivery and assessment and certification.  The PTQF has four levels of skills: NC I, NC II, NC III, and National Certificate IV.

                The third 5-year cycle of the TESDA will start from year 2005 to and end in 2009.  This is characterized as cyber TVET.  There will be a break through, a major revolution in education and training, and major paradigm and structural shifts.  There will be a new agenda, new rules, new non-traditional approaches, and the major concern or access in infrastructure and cost.  This will be the time of K-VET, K-TESDA, K-Stakeholders, K-Customer.  There will also be abundant knowledge and information that would allow self-generation in the system.

                The TESDA Corporate Plan or Goals for 2005-2009 are:

1.        To ensure the TVET System will produce internally competent workers who meet the skills needed by the economy

2.        TESDA’s TVET information support the development of policies and programs directed at meeting the needs of customers.

3.        Industry-driven Philippine TVET Qualification program

4.        Accredited TVET Provider providing quality assured TVET programs conforming to the Industry-developed standards

5.        TESDA is an organization with World-Class competencies committed to continuous improvement.


Little Harvest  (S.Y. 2003-2004)


                BNVTS is one major player in the Technical Vocational Education and Training Delivery System. For the last two years, BNVTS got the highest rank in the Assessment and Certification of Graduates in the Province of Sorsogon.  The private technical institutions rank second with 10% passing and SNAS 7.4%, the first being 40%. Under the target priorities for 2004, the passing mark will be 80% and 100% certified.

                Another accomplishment of BNVTS for 2003-2004 is the DTS – as Good Practice from among theTESDA and Training Centers of Region V and has represented in the national level search for good practice.

                Lately another harvest is the Excellence Award given to BNVTS for its outstanding performance in the 11th Philippine National Skills Competition Agri-Fishery Skills Demonstration held at Iriga City last March 17-27, 2004.  From among the 18 schools nationwide, BNVTS ranked second with the score of 88.33% next to QNAS of Pagbilao, Quezon, which got a score of 89.00%. 

Vol. XVI No.2 (March  - April 2004)

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