TESDA tops CIDA test
Manila (18 September) -- Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) ranked first, with a score of 98.17 percent, besting 15 other government agencies in the recent Organization Transformation Readiness Assessment (OTRA) given by Bearingpoint, Inc., the Canadian executing agency commissioned by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).
OTRA is an evaluation of the degree of readiness of an organization to implement e-governance initiatives. It was conducted in preparation for the CIDA–funded project called Electronic Governance for Efficiency and Effectiveness (E3).
The goal of E3 is to strengthen the human resources of the Philippine government at the national and local levels to support more effective delivery of services through the use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) thereby contributing to poverty reduction and promoting peace and security. E3 has four components, namely, Policy Review, Capacity Building, Support in Developing Public-Private Partnership, and Development of Pilot Projects and Project Management.
The assessment results were used as basis for identifying the government agencies to be involved in the project. Aside from TESDA, the other three agencies tapped for the project were Department of Health, Department of Social Welfare and Development, and the National Disaster Coordinating Council.
Bearingpoint was impressed at how TESDA initiated, implemented, and sustained its reform programs. They specifically mentioned the TESDA is Jobs campaign, quality improvements in technical-vocational training, the registry of certified workers in the TESDA website, which allows transparency of information, and e-TESDA, an online training facility.
The agency's capacity to execute ICT-integrated programs was rated "very high" not only in the areas of infrastructure and expertise but also in terms of administrative leadership. Secretary Augusto Boboy Syjuco, TESDA director general, boasted that "TESDA programs all aim to empower workers and solve structural unemployment."
Following were the indicators used in the assessment: mandate, vision, mission; policy framework; overall reform program; gender equality; desire and willingness of the implement reforms; current situation analysis; resources; leadership and championship; governance and accountability; key internal systems and processes; the agency's capacity to execute ICT programs; and stakeholders' support. (PIA) [top]