MOA for extension program in voc-tech schools forged PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 18 June 2013 14:26

The City Government has partnered anew with the Zamboanga City State Polytechnic College (ZCSPC) in line with the commitment to bring education closer to the people especially in far-flung barangays.

This, based on a memorandum of agreement entered into by Mayor Celso Lobregat and ZCSPC president Dr. Nora Ponce for the opening of extension programs at the Ayala Technical Vocational School in the west coast and the Vitali Technical-Vocational School in the east coast.

Along with Lobregat and Ponce, the MOA was also signed by Ayala Tech-voc OIC Orlando Benico and Vitali Tech-voc school administrator Florian Piedad and concurred by Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Regional Director Dr. Emmylou Yanga during ceremonies held at the City Hall conference room Monday afternoon. Witnessing the event were Councilor Rudy Lim, Executive Assistant V Mario Roca, Atty. Ed Fronda of the City Legal Office and other ZCSPC officials.

Under the MOA, ZCSPC will offer specialized four-year courses at Ayala and Vitali Tech-Voc schools under the former’s extension program. Per approval from the Commission on Higher Education, ZCSPC was granted the authority to offer various courses.

Starting Monday, June 24, the ZCSPC-Ayala TVS Extension Campus will offer Bachelor of Technical Teacher Education (BTTE) with initial 24 students and BS Computer Technology with initial 12 students. The ZCSPC Vitali TV Extension Campus meanwhile will open the Food and Service Management Course with initial 28 students and Automotive Technology with initial 7 students. Enrollment is ongoing.

Under the agreement, the ZCSPC shall ensure said courses shall be complementary with the tech-voc courses being undertaken by both VocTec schools; undertake studies and curriculum review in coordination with the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and/or the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) that may allow a “ladderized scheme” that shall integrate the existing two (2) year technical-vocational courses implemented by the city’s VocTecs into the said programs to provide technical and vocational students the opportunity to complete a college degree in those fields.

Furthermore, ZCSPC shall have full authority and general supervision in the execution, implementation and in carrying out the extension program. Other courses that will be made available are Bachelor of Science in Electrical Technology, Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Technology, Bachelor of Science in Electronics Technology and Bachelor of Science in Refrigeration and Air-conditioning Technology.

For their part, the city government, Ayala Tech-Voc and Vitali Tech-Voc agree to support the ZCSPC’s extension program for the abovementioned degrees; provide the venue and allow the ZCSPC to use rooms and facilities thereat; provided that the electric, water and other utility bills consumed/used by the ZCSPC shall be for the latter’s exclusive account; allow the medical and dental personnel of the ZCSPC the use of the lying-in clinics at Ayala and Vitali and its facilities to also serve the medical and dental needs of the ZCSPC students enrolled in the Tech-Vocs on a scheduled basis, in coordination with the City Health Office.

Lobregat clarified that availability of the courses should depend on enrollment. “There should be a minimum number of students to make a program viable,” he said, advising both school administrators to identify other more feasible programs and to concentrate efforts on them.

Throughout his incumbency, Lobregat has exerted all efforts to improve the quality and accessibility of education in the city. With better financial standing through sound fiscal management, the city has launched into a massive school building campaign aimed at easing classroom congestions and established new schools in remote barangays to reduce transportation costs.

ZCSPC President Nora Ponce thanked Lobregat for supporting the program that would bring education to the students. — Claudine Uniana