The ISO Surveillance of the TESDA PASMAK Office last March 19, 2014 marked a milestone in its quality journey. Audited by Mr. Allan Fabella, an accredited TUVSUD auditor, TESDA PASMAK, supported by the top management of the TESDA NCR Regional Office, was able to meet the requirements for ISO Certification 9001:2008.
TESDA MuntiParlas-Tapat district, led by Dir. Cecile Amaro, never failed to mentor TESDA PASMAK to attain its compliance to the requirements for ISO surveillance.
Despite the short preparation for the surveillance audit, the PASMAK family, with its Quality Managers/Process Owners of the Quality Procedures, spent extra hours even in the evening and weekends to make the required documents complete and properly filed. All systems were checked, reviewed and acted upon to comply with the document requirements for the ISO 9001:2008.
The result of the audit with no Non-Compliance (NC) and three (3) OFI's prompted Mr. Fabella to recommend the retention/issuance of the ISO Certification.
Last June 20, 2014, the TESDA Pasay-Makati convened selected TVIs which offer one to 3-year TVET programs to attend a workshop on the "Bundling of Qualification" at the TESDA Women Center.
A total of Eighty-eight (88) participants attended the activity workshop facilitated by TESDA PASMAK District Director, Dir. Leny Carreon.
The activity aimed to enlighten the TVIs on how to review their current curricula for 1 to 3 year TVET programs and properly identify and determine the bundled TVET qualifications based on the available and deployed Training Regulations. Proper identification of entry and exit points of the different TVET Qualification will improve the timely monitoring of enrollment and graduates reports.
Workshop groups were formed by sector to discuss and come up with a suggested curricula with bundled qualifications. The groups were in IT, Tourism, Construction, Transportation, Electronics and Maritime.
The TESDA PasMak staff acted as facilitators during the workshop. The group presentations were represented by the University of Makati initiating the first presentation for their institution, followed by STI Pasay then Datamex Institute of Computer Technology.
Announcement for other concerns were also tackled particularly with regards to the submission of reports. Mr. Bryan Bringas, the MIS expert of TESDA PASMAK, presented the or the Enrollment, Terminal and Employment reports.
Also, the Special Order and CAV requirements was discussed by Ms. Nenita A. Pascual. The group were also reminded to apply the same as soon as terminal reports were submitted. The workshop ended with the presentation of the synthesis of agreements by Ms. Rosita C. Oliveros.
Dir. Carreon, with inputs from the participants, improved the group outputs/presented curricula for everyone's appreciation of the process.
Approximately 1,300 Tech-Voc Graduates; also known as TESDA Specialistas, came to Cuneta Astrodome last 22nd of March to meet about 112 local companies and 20 licensed overseas employment agencies from various industries - BPOs, Call Center, Banking and Finance, Hotel and Restaurants, Health and Wellness, and Construction- who are in need of the skills of a TESDA Specialista. Initial reports said that 961 specialistas were qualified, 500 were invited for further interview, and 311 were hired on the spot.
This program, entitled "Hanap-Buhay para sa mga TESDA SPECIALISTA" is a jobs bridging program sponsored by Pasay City and Makati City local government units; hosted by Pasay City Mayor Antonino G. Calixto and Congress woman Emi Calixtro-Rubiano; and was organized by the DOLE-Regional Coordinating Council-National Capital Region with close coordination with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority-NCR(TESDA-NCR), Philippine Overseas Employment Administration(POEA), Local Government Units, and the Association of Tech-Voc Schools, aimed to ensure employment for Tech-Voc graduates.
The program was started with the doxology and singing of the Philippine National Anthem by CUP Choir followed by the welcome messages and ribbon cutting by Pasay City Mayor Hon. Antonino G. Calixto, Congress woman Hon. Emi Calixto-Rubiano, Assistant Regional Director Nelson C. Hornilla, SMART Communications representative Tisha Quintio, and TESDA Secretary Joel Villanueva. Different demonstration of skills were conducted to show case the talents of a TESDA Specialista and to stimulate interest from other graduates as well. Skills demonstration included Barista by WCU Development and Training Center, Inc. and Healthy Salads and Dressing Preparation by the Center for Advanced Training in Food and Beverages Services, Inc. A free Hilot or wellness massage was also offered by MCITC/ MARGAPHIL TESDA SPECIALISTA Technopreneurship Program (TSTP).
Pre-Employment Documentation services-printing of NSO birth certificate, issuance of tax identification number (TIN) and Social Security System number (SSS); and membership in PAG-IBIG and PhilHealth- were also offered for the convenience of graduates and employers as well.