RTC-Baguio, BCSAT hold joint strategic planning session

RTC-Baguio, BCSAT hold joint strategic planning session

SCALE UP TVET. Regional Director Francisco Jucar, Jr., CESO IV, challenged the training institutions to upgrade and aim for higher level technical education in the country.

To ensure responsiveness towards the attainment of its vision, the TESDA Regional Training Center – Baguio (RTC – Baguio), along with the Baguio City School of Arts and Trades (BCSAT), held a Strategic Planning Session at Bauang, La Union on February 1-3, 2017.
“Together, we must evaluate the vision and goals of our respective institutions to understand where we are, where do we go from here, and set the directions for 2017 onwards,” said Engr. David B. Bungallon, administrator for both RTC-Baguio and BCSAT.

Regional Director (RD) Francisco B. Jucar, Jr. of TESDA – CAR graced the activity, which he considered very relevant as the agency gears towards upscaling Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in the country.
“Let us work together for higher level technical education, and for the integration of our training institutions,” said RD Jucar, presenting several pressing reasons why TVET in the country should scale up.

Among others, he cited the recent recognition that for the past 12 years, the agency has not given enough focus on Technical Education as it gave more attention to Skills Development through its short-term courses.
Moreover, he shared that despite being an “English-speaking” country, the Philippines lag behind its ASEAN neighbors as shown in the results of the last three ASEAN Skills Competitions, the Global Talent Competitive Index and the Global Innovation Index.

INCLUSIVE PARTICIPATION. Engr. David B. Bungallon, RTC – Baguio administrator, encouraged everyone to share and participate in the discussions for a successful strategic planning.

Meanwhile, based on the 2016 accomplishment reports, Bungallon noted that the RTC – Baguio and the BCSAT achieved the set targets and exceeded in some areas, such as in Assessment and Certification where the combined output of both schools amounts to about 70% of the total regional output.

“We are happy to see the result of our accomplishment; that is our performance. Each one of us contributed to the success, and that is the value of being one in an organization,” he said, commending the efforts of each employee.

He also stressed that besides the Profiled, Enrolled, Graduated, Assessed, Certified, Employed (PEGACE) report and other quantitative data, other initiatives need to be accounted in annual reports because these contributions would present a better picture of the overall accomplishments of the organization.
The two-day planning session included focused group workshops reviewing and assessing accomplishments vis-à-vis the vision, mission and objectives of each institution, as well as in formulating strategic directions for each.

Bungallon said he was very pleased with the active participation that the staff displayed in the different activities, adding that the essence of teamwork is when employees from all levels contribute in the formation of an output. He noted that individual work should be anchored on the higher level, from unit level up to the institutional plan, so that the “work becomes relevant to development.”

Brenda A. Hiano, an RTC – Baguio regular employee, impressed on the inclusiveness of job orders in planning activities.

“The workshops conducted were very good venues to be reminded of and to review the vision, mission and goals of the institution, and the directions set will serve as guides in our everyday work,” she said.

-Bernice B. Lee

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