TESDA most ready gov't agency to implement e-governance initiatives
By Renee F. De Guzman
Manila (19 September) -- Besting 15 other government agencies, the Technical Education Skills Development Authority (TESDA) with a score of 98.17 percent, topped 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 E3 is intended 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) which will contribute to poverty reduction and promotion of peace and order. E3 has four components namely; Policy Review, Capacity Building, Support in Developing Public-Private Partnership, and Development of Pilot Projects and Project Management.
Results of the assessment were used as basis in selecting government agencies to be involved in the project. With TESDA, the other government offices tapped for the project were the Department of Health, the Department of Social Welfare and Development and the National Disaster Coordinating Council.
TESDA's efforts on Jobs campaign, quality improvements in technical-vocational training, e-TESDA on line facility training and the registry of certified workers in the TESDA website which allows transparency information, highly impressed Bearingpoint.
A "very high" mark was also given to TESDA's capacity to execute ICT-integrated programs in the areas of infrastructure and administrative leadership.
The assessment indicators used are the following: mandate, vision, mission, policy framework, overall reform program, gender equality, desire and willingness to 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 stakeholder's support. (PIA La Union) [top]