The TESDA Women’s Center (TWC), Philippines has once again applied for certification from the Asia Pacific Accreditation and Certification Commission (APACC) through an on-site revisit held from October 3-6, 2023.

The four-day on-site visit aimed to review TWC’s major improvements and actions taken from the cited recommendations that were forwarded by APACC during the last on-site visit on June 18-19, 2018. This year’s visit evaluated and reviewed the institution’s continued compliance with the seven APACC Criteria: (1) Governance and Management; (2) Teaching and Learning; (3) Human Resources; (4) Research and Development; (5) Image and Sustainability; (6) Other Resources; and (7) Support to Students.

The TWC APACC Accreditation Team (L-R): CPSC Professional Intern and Observer, Mr. Azam Khalid; Documentation Officer, Mr. Paulo Anthony Mendoza; Lead Accreditor, Pn. Noor Aidi bin Nadzri; Member Accreditor, Engr. Dr. Mian Khuram Ahsan; and CPSC PCD Assistant and Observer, Mr. Lawrence Emil Gonzales

The APACC Team assigned to this on-site revisit was composed of Team Leader, Pn. Noor Aidi binti Nadzri from Malaysia; Team Member, Engr. Dr. Mian Khuram Ahsan from Pakistan; and Documentation Officer, Mr. Paulo Anthony Mendoza. Colombo Plan Staff College’s (CPSC) Projects and Consultancy Assistant, Mr. Lawrence Emil Gonzales, and CPSC’s Professional Intern, Mr. Azam Khalid, attended the proceedings as Observers.

From top to bottom: TESDA Women’s Center Acting Chief, Ms. Mylene Somera; Member Accreditor, Engr. Dr. Mian Khuram Ahsan; and Lead Accreditor, Pn. Noor Aidi Nadzri during the opening meeting

The visit was inaugurated through an opening program held at TWC’s Tandang Sora Hall. This was attended by the TWC Acting Center Chief Ms. Mylene Somera, the APACC Accreditation Team and the rest of the teaching and non-teaching staff of the Center. TESDA Deputy Director General for Special Concerns, DDG Vidal Villanueva III also graced the ceremony.

A summary of the actions taken by TWC from recommendations of the previous on-site visit was presented by Ms. Somera and the Team Leaders assigned per Criterion. This also included the additional measures and improvements they have undertaken for the Center.

The APACC Accreditation Team tours the facilities of the Center as part of the evaluation process

Following the opening program, a site tour of the Center was conducted. Notable facilities that were visited including the Bartending NC II workshop; Cafe Juana, a UNESCO-UNEVOC-recognized Business Incubation Center as an extension of the Barista NC II and Bread and Pastry Production NC II workshops; Dressmaking, Electrical Installation and Maintenance, and Trainers Methodology classrooms and laboratories; TWC dormitory; day care center; canteen; clinic; and the multimedia studio.

After the extensive information validation which lasted for three days, the on-site visit was formally concluded during the exit meeting on the morning of October 6. Engr. Dr. Ahsan vowed to continue APACC’s mission of helping other institutions in the region achieve recognition to affirm the quality of operations. He also expressed his gratitude, on behalf of the APACC team, for the warm hospitality of the TWC team and wished for the success of the institution in the coming years. DDG Villanueva III, who also attended the meeting congratulated everyone for their hard work, and for putting all their best efforts in ensuring a successful recertification.

The APACC Accreditation Team leads the presentation of the commendations, affirmations, and recommendations during the exit meeting

Afterwards, Lead Accreditor, Pn. Noor Aidi presented the initial qualitative findings of the onsite visit – Commendations, Affirmations, and Recommendations. Both quantitative and qualitative results of the on-site visit will be presented to the APACC Board together with the supporting documents for deliberation, resulting in the final certification status in the coming months.