July 17, 2024

Ifugao State University (IFSU) takes a leap forward in promoting traditional craftsmanship as its Competency Assessment Center for Handloom Weaving (Upright) NCII secured accreditation from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority.

This achievement makes the center the first authorized facility to conduct weaving assessments in the entire Cordillera and Luzon, and the second in the Philippines.

FIRST ACCREDITATION IN LUZON — The Competency Assessment Center for Handloom Wea-ving (Upright) NCII of the Ifugao State University secured official accreditation from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, which makes the center the first authorized facility to conduct weaving assessments in the Cordillera and Luzon, and the second in the country. — IFSU handout photo

On May 20, a team from Tesda team evaluated the center’s readiness, documents, tools and equipment, and the facility itself. The team consisted of Tesda-CAR representative Daisy D. Jamorabon, Tesda-Ifugao representative Ellayne B. Abellera, and technical expert Panel Adelina T. Ngopangop. The rigorous assessment culminated in the accreditation, allowing the center to certify handloom weavers based on National Competency II (NCII) standards.

The newly accredited center is now accepting applications for handloom weaving assessment. Aspiring applicants may visit the Department of Extension and Training Office to process their application, along with a passport-sized ID picture and an assessment fee of P1,298.

The accreditation strengthens IFSU’s role as a training and assessment center across various programs, including agriculture, computer science, tourism, hotel and restaurant management, and other technical courses. With its accreditation, IFSU further solidifies its commitment to offering comprehensive skill development opportunities and preserving cultural heritage in the region. – Faith B. Napudo