Iloilo City eyes technical institute as TESDA-assessment center

The Technical Institute of Iloilo City (TIIC) Molo campus is looking forward to becoming an assessment center of the Technical Education Skills and Development Authority (TESDA).

Molo campus administrator Maria Mathilde Treñas said on Thursday the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) is expected to tackle during its regular session on March 8 their request to open TIIC as an assessment center for 21 qualifications or training courses.

“We are ready because we have competent instructors. We have complied with the facilities and we pass with flying colors every time TESDA conducts a (compliance) audit,” she said in an interview.

As an accredited assessment center, TIIC will be allowed to conduct competency assessments through oral or written and practical exams aligned with the standard of TESDA for the qualifications they applied for, said TESDA Western Visayas information officer Leonora Estanque.

Graduates of TVIs or industry workers who passed the assessment will be given their National Certificate, which means that they have passed the international standard of the qualifications upon assessment.

Currently, the Molo campus offers TESDA-accredited courses namely Electrical Installation and Maintenance National Certificate (NC) II, Plumbing NC II, Construction Painting NC II, and Automotive Servicing NC II.

She said trainees of the TIIC being a state-run technical-vocational institution (STVI) are obliged to take the mandatory assessment with TESDA but the centers are located far from the city.

“We are advised by the TESDA Iloilo provincial office to accredit the institution as an assessment center. This will extend its services through conducting assessment to those TVET (technical-vocational education and training) graduates of TIIC Molo campus, other TVIs (technical vocational institutions), and industry workers to have their National Certificate in TESDA,” she said.

In addition to bringing the assessment center closer to its graduates and TVIs from neighboring municipalities, it will also provide additional income to the city government from the assessment fees.

“Probably we can start as assessment center of our existing programs, which are compliant with TESDA,” she said.

Aside from its intention of becoming an assessment center, the TIIC also sought approval from the city council for the opening of additional accredited training namely Beauty Care and Services (Nail Services) NC II, Contact Tracing NC II, Hair Dressing NC II, Heavy Equipment Operation (Forklift) NC II, Tile-Setting NC II, and Tourism Promotion Services NC II.

Source: Philippines News Agency

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