The Regional Education Caravan saw 195 delegates from the academe, industries and government in Regions VI, VII and VII at the Ann Margaret Ballroom of Diversion 21 Hotel on Oct 24, 2017. The one-day learning avenue aimed to generate awareness on skills matching and talent upgrading responsive to meet industry needs.
In the course of preparation, the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry led by the Iloilo Chapter president Donna Rose Ratilla and Committee Chairman Eduardo Arevalo, Chief Operating Officer of the PHINMA University of Iloilo; have linked sectors to make this event a success.
Its theme, “Developing and Sustaining Industry-Academe Linkages in the Visayas Region paves way to identify factors to promote and strengthen a sustainable partnership between and among the academe and the industries.
The Caravan was graced by Mario Nillos, the Provincial Planning and Development Officer representing the Office of the Governor, and City Councilor Candice Tupas on behalf of the Mayor’s office to welcome delegates from the Visayas Region.
Information drive was undeniably remarkable as assembly of well-experienced speakers participated in the Caravan.
The learning event had four sessions in which the first three were interrelated and directly proportional to discuss current conditions of the economy, industry and employment, and aspects and gaps of industry-academe linkages and the last session was conducted as a breakout activity equally grouped representatives from different sectors to share ideas and fortify steps in improving the industry-academe linkages.
First session speakers who provided generous information were Lovelaine Basilotte, the Executive Director of the Philippine Business Education, on Industry and Market Trends; Ms. Ro-Ann Bacal, the Regional Director of the National Economic Development and Authority –Region 6 on National to Regional Economy Forecast; Ms. Salome Siaton, the Assistant Regional Director of the Department of Labor and Employment- Region 6 on the Employment Gaps and Solutions ; and Ms. Rebecca Rascon on Realities and Situations of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises.
Second session speakers were Mr. Jimmy Tollosa, the Education Supervisor II of the Commission on Higher Education-Region 6 on the Alignment of the Practicum Program Responsive to Industry Needs; Mr Jose Roland Moya, the Deputy Director General of the Employers Confederation of the Philippines on Solutions in Bridging Gaps and Challenges; Mr. Francis Gentoral, the Project Director of the Iloilo Economic Development Foundation, Inc. on Connecting Local Industries and Academe through Research, Revelopment and Extension programs.
Third information session drive were discussed by Mr. Jayrel Encontro, the Labor and Employment Officer of the Public Employment Service Office on The Capacity And Outlook For Public Employment Services Through The Industry-Academe Partnership; and last but not the least speaker, Msgr. Meliton Oso, the Social Action Director, Archdiocese of Jaro on Education and Corporate Social Responsibility for Competitive And Responsible Industry-Academe Partnership.
The fourth and last session was the Break-Out Activity wherein representatives were equally distributed into 9 groups to identify challenges on producing employable graduates and linking win-win solutions between the industry and academe and in support of the government.
Sustaining the relationship between and among the academe and the industry players provides solutions to talent mismatch which is imperative to the progress of our country. The linkage aims to reduce unemployment and underemployment in the region and strengthen skilled workforce that meet demands of the business sector.
As a final point, the Regional Education Caravan is a good start to sustaining the linkage between the academe and the industries to better prepare graduates responsive to industry-desired competencies.