The Special Committee on Academe-Industry Linkage (SC A-IL) Committee of RDC IV-A held its 2nd quarter meeting on 14 April 2016 at the Motorcentral Sales Corporate Office, San Antonio, Biñan City. During the meeting, the committee endorsed to the RDC the conduct of the Calabarzon Academe-Industry Summit to be held on October 2016.The Summit is envisioned to be a market place event and venue for creating partnerships where the industries can present their job requirements and gaps while the academe can exhibit their course offerings and programs. The Summit is expected to accelerate various forms of partnerships among stakeholders that would result to better matching of employment needs and graduates in support to ensuring inclusive growth.
The representatives from the Electronics and Semiconductor, Petrochemicals, and Information Technology and Business Process Outsourcing (IT and BPM) presented their respective industry challenges and roadmaps. All the industries identified the lack or insufficient number of skilled workers as a main challenge to achieve their industry growth targets. Ms. Kathy Reyes of the Semiconductor & Electronic Industries in the Philippines Foundation, Inc. (SEIPI) said that the electronics is in need of eight priority courses which they are pushing to be provided by higher education institutions (HEIs) through government’s intervention.
Similarly for the Petrochemicals Industry, Executive Director Mr. Homer Maranan of the Association of Petrochemical Manufacturers in the Philippines (APMP) conveyed that their industry is in need of highly specialized workforce such as petrochemical and process engineers. To address the jobs and skills mismatch, SC A-IL Chairperson Emerson Atanacio emphasized the critical role of State Colleges and Universities as well as other private HEIs in filling up the human resource needs of industries. He also highlighted the role of the committee to recommend policies to ensure that the academe is able to respond to the needs of the industries. As a model of academe and industry partnership, Ms. Zoe T. Diaz de Rivera of the IT & Business Process Association of the Philippines (IBPAP) shared IBPAP’s initiatives with the academe which include the Global Competitiveness and Assessment Tool and the Service Management Program (SMP). In the SMP, 37 HEIs participated, 126 teachers were trained and 190 students were able to have their internship in 26 BPO companies.
Updates on the National Human Resource Roadmap was also presented by Ms. Iris Prieto of DOLE. Ms. Chit Mendoza of the Department of Tourism shared their agency’s partnerships with academe and the industry on tourism while Ms. Fatima Alcantara of the Bureau of Immigration presented the visa and registration procedure of foreign students for the information.
Theresa Jane Cajarte, NEDA Region IV-A | Wednesday, April 27, 2016