TESDA conducts technical audit of Technical Vocational Institutions in Region 9

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ZAMBOANGA CITY (PNA) -– The Technical Education Skills and Development Authority (TESDA) has given a 30-day grace period to the Technical Vocational Institutions (TVIs) in Region 9 to correct their deficiencies or face revocation of accreditation.

Alvin Feliciano, TESDA deputy director-general for operations, told the Philippines News Agency that 48 percent of the TVIs in Region 9 were found to be non-compliant with the standards set by the agency when they recently conducted technical audit.

Feliciano said the conduct of the technical is to ensure that all of the TVIs they granted accreditation remain competent to offer technical and vocational courses.

TESDA has set required standards to be complied by the accredited TVIs for each of the technical and vocational courses they offer.

Region 9 has a total of 144 TESDA-accredited TVIs to offer technical and vocational courses. These are located in the following areas: Zamboanga and Isabela Cities, 49; Zamboanga del Sur, 44; Zamboanga del Norte, 31; and, Zamboanga Sibugay, 20.

Feliciano said he is optimistic the TVIs that failed in the technical auditing can make the necessary corrections since they were only found with minor deficiencies.

Nelly Macapili, TESDA focal person for regional Unified Technical and Vocational Education and Training and Accreditation System (UTPRAS), said among the things they inspected during the technical audit are the equipment and materials of the accredited TVIs.

Macapili said that the equipment and materials are vital in the conduct of skills trainings.

Among the technical and vocational courses the accredited TVIs offer are: care-giving; driving; carpentry; cookery; bartending; automotive; medical transcription; and, others.