Officers of the Philippine Computer Society (PCS) composed of Mr. Leo Querubin, President; Ms. Eloisa Tino, Executive Director, PCS Information & Computing Accreditation Board (PICAB); and Ms. Gigi Vinuya, Executive Director, PCS visited CPSC on September 5, 2014 for a courtesy visit to the CPSC Director General Dr. Mohammad Naim Yaakub and discuss potential collaboration with the Staff College.
The meeting started with the exchange of institutional information. Guests from PCS introduced their organization, which is a professional association of computing and information technology professionals in the Philippines established in 1967. It has initiated local and international activities to continuously enhance and promote the ICT profession. PCS has established within itself the PCS Information & Computing Accreditation Board (PICAB) as the accrediting agency to represent the Philippine jurisdiction in the Seoul Accord, which is the mutual recognition agreement pertaining to computing and information technology-related programs with 8 country signatories (Korea, USA, Australia, UK, Canada, Hong Kong China, Chinese Taipei, and Japan).
PCS through PICAB has been building a pool of accreditors and finalizing the system of accreditation to be able to accredit IT courses in the Philippines such as Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, and Bachelor of Science in Information System.
Similar to PICAB, the Asia Pacific Accreditation and Certification Commission (APACC) is the accreditation arm of CPSC which aims to accredit and certify technical and vocational education and training (TVET) institutions in subscribing member countries. CPSC and PCS discussed the possibility of signing a Manila Accord, signatories of which will come from CPSC member countries, to create a subset of APACC specific for Information Technology. Further discussion will ensue to firm up initial discussions.