TESDA accredits first agri competency assessment center in Ilocos Norte

  • July 13, 2017
  • Ma. Joreina Therese A. Blanco

LAOAG CITY, July 13 (PIA) – The Ilocos Norte Agricultural College (INAC) has been accredited by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) as the first competency assessment center of agriculture in Ilocos Norte.

As the new assessment center, the institution shall offer vocational skills such as agricultural crops production, carpentry, and dressmaking.

Earlier, INAC has been recognized by former Schools District Superintendent Araceli Pastor and is now being continuously supported by the new Department of Education (DepEd) Ilocos Norte head Vilma Eda.

Arnel Sabuco, one of the INAC department heads, admitted that having named as the competency assessment center is both a recognition and a challenge.  

“It is a challenge for us, the whole faculty and non-teaching staff of INAC. We have undergone series of evaluation, both pre-evaluation and final evaluation,” he said.

He added, “Although we have lacking requirements during the pre-assessment in March, the regional office gave us 15 days to comply with the needed documents. Upon completion, finally our school was declared the first assessment center.”

The agricultural college is set to roll out and include other programs in the TESDA accreditation.

“Since we already know the process of registering these competencies, we are preparing to include beauty care, electronics, and other tourism-related industries,” Sabuco said.

Established in Pasuquin, Ilocos Norte, the INAC is one of the leading and pilot technology-vocational schools in the country.

The school started its classes on June 13 with 1,500 enrollees. (JNPD/MJTAB/PIA-1, Ilocos Norte)


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