House Bill 7264, “An Act Establishing the Cordillera State Institute of Technical Education” (CSITE), authored by Baguio City Congressman Go, has been transmitted to the President for signature on December 19, 2018.
According to the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) – CAR, the bill will pave the way for the creation of an institute that will integrate the region’s TESDA training centers and TESDA-supervised state-run technical vocational institutions (TVIs), collectively called TESDA Technological Institutions (TTIs). This will lead to more responsive course offerings, facilitate implementation of higher technology courses, and promote higher efficiency of operations by facilitating the exchange of resources and technologies among the TTIs in the region.
The CSITE is the first in the Philippines and may become the model for other regions. It is consistent with AmBisyon Natin 2040 and the Cordillera Regional Development Plan for 2017-2022 which adopts the national strategic framework for establishing a solid foundation of inclusive growth, a high-trust resilient society, and a globally competitive knowledge economy anchored on the major strategies of “malasakit”, “pagbabago”, and “patuloy na pag-unlad”.
Presently, the region has six TTIs which include one Regional Training Center, four Provincial Training Centers (Abra, Ifugao, Kalinga, and Mountain Province), and one TESDA-supervised TVI, the Baguio City School of Arts and Trade.
In 2014, the CAR RDC endorsed Resolution No. 28 pushing for the integration of the Cordillera TESDA Technology Institutions into one system towards the creation of the Cordillera Institute of Technology. In September 2018, the creation of the Cordillera State Institute of Technical Education was once again endorsed through RDC-RPOC CAR Joint Resolution No. 27, signed on September 11, 2018. The said resolution supports HB 7264.