Industry, Academe and Government Forge Stronger Partnerships to  Solve Job-Skills Mismatch
Left photo: NEDA Deputy Director-General Dr. Adoracion M. Navarro welcomes the participants and guests to the First Calabarzon Academe-Industry Linkages Summit. Right photo: NEDA Region IV-A Director and RDC Vice-Chairperson Luis G. Banua gives his closing message and thanks the resource persons, participants, technical working group, secretariat and sponsors of the Summit.

The First Calabarzon Academe-Industry Linkages Summit convened 296 participants from the academe, industry and government at De La Salle University-Dasmariñas, Dasmariñas, Cavite on 25 October 2016. The milestone activity was spearheaded by the Calabarzon Regional Development Council’s Special Committee on Strengthening Academe and Industry Linkages (SCS A-IL) in partnership with the Cavite Technical Vocational Educators Association, Inc.

With the theme “Strengthening Academe-Industry Linkage towards Calabarzon’s Sustainable Development and ASEAN Economic Integration”, the Summit came up with policy recommendations in the form of a Manifesto to address the job-skills mismatch and other potential issues related to ASEAN integration. The Summit also provided a venue to present the industry skills and human resource requirements, current academic offerings and government support as well as experiences on academe-industry linkages.

In her keynote message, NEDA Deputy Director-General Dr. Adoracion Navarro emphasized the important role of closer and sustained academe industry partnerships and enabling government framework to improve the country’s economic competitiveness and human capital amidst changing development contexts such as the ASEAN integration.

The Summit was graced by several resource persons, namely Executive Director Ma. Corazon Halili-Dichosa of the DTI Board of Investments, Atty. Allan G. Revote of DTI, Executive Director Elmer K. Talavera of the National Institute for Technical Education and Skills Development (TESDA) and Ms. Robelyn C. Revilla, DOLE-Bureau of Local Employment. The resource persons presented the following topics: Academe-Industry Partnership for Industry Development, ASEAN Economic Cooperation (AEC) Gameplan, Academe-Industry Partnerships in Technical Vocational Education and Training to maximize AEC gains and the Philippine Labor Market Information System and the Human Resource Development Roadmap Initiative. In addition, industry experts and implementing agencies served as resource persons in the five parallel breakout sessions, e.g. IT-BPM, electronics, automotive, agriculture and fisheries and tourism, which are the region’s priority industries or sectors.

The Summit culminated in the signing of a Manifesto led by SCS A-IL Chairperson Emerson B. Atanacio. The Manifesto states the short, medium and long term policy recommendations as well as specific interventions to address job skills mismatch.

The Summit was organized by the technical working group composed of government representatives from CHED, DepEd, DTI, DOLE, TESDA, NEDA, DA, DOT; academe representatives from DLSU-D, NCST, BatStateU, CvSU, LSPU, SLSU, URS, UPLB; and industry representatives from IT & Business Process Association of the Philippines, Semiconductor and Electronics Industries in the Philippines Foundation, Inc. and Motorcentral Sales. The NEDA Region IV-A served as the A-IL Summit secretariat.

Industry, Academe and Government Forge Stronger Partnerships to  Solve Job-Skills Mismatch
SCS A-IL Chairperson Emerson Atanacio leads the reading and signing of the Summit Manifesto and is joined by government, academe and industry representatives namely DOLE IV-A Regional Director Zenaida A. Angara-Campita, DOT IV-A Regional Director Rebecca V. Labit, Prof. Wilson Jacinto of DLSU Dasmariñas and Mr. Morris Agudo of Marco Vincent Co., Inc.

Theresa Jane Cajarte, NEDA Region IV-A | Thursday, October 27, 2016