Monday, April 13, 2015

Responding to skills-jobs gap
Key to a competitive country

TAGAYTAY City, April 10, (PIA) –Workers from the academe and technical training institutes, to tourism industry stakeholders and other key sectors all agree that responding to the skills gap between graduates and jobs makes the Philippines even more competitive in the Asian integration.

Dr. Chito Salazar, Philippine Business for Education (PBED) President, who cited schools churning thousands of graduates but could not land jobs, said workers and job vacancies can’t seem to find each other. 

At the culminating activity of PBED’s Higher Education Productivity Program (HEPP) the USAID presented the PBED’s after activity initiatives and best practices after 3 years of project, from all the project sites as set up mechanisms to respond to the issue. 

PBED set up initial surveys on business industry needs and the competency skills of graduates in Batangas, Bohol, Cagayan de Oro, Ilo-ilo, Palawan, Pampanga and Zamboanga, according to USAID sources. 

Across the country’s PBED sites, tourism industry, academe and the government agreed to join hands in the light of creatively responding making efforts to dialog and match the needs over the skills needed to run tourism and other business establishments. 

In Bohol for example, the need to gather the industry, academe and the government to agree on the training modules to fit into the need, the Government, Industry and Academe (GIA) Council was signed last year, among the achievements. 

The setting up of a P450,000 seed money for the operationalization and operations of the Bohol GA Council drew the heaviest of applause during the presentation. 

Sharing the pride for Bohol’s and forming the Bohol delegation at the CDI Development Fair are Libby Sumampong (Cuisina ni Tisay), Teresita Sumampong (BAHRR) Aniceta Arcay (Tierra Azul-BAHRR), Charles Suico (UB), Atty Nuevas Montes (UB) Agnes Ytac (BITGAP), Danilo Nazareno (TechVoc Inc), Petronila Valeroso (Asian Divine Light College), University of Bohol Dean Maria Asuncion Bersabal and PIA Bohol.

But PBED, through Lovelaine Basillote, program manager said these are just the beginnings, and the effects of all of these would be for what the USAID envisioned as inclusive growth where people can contribute to the development through their skills and the jobs they do. (rachiu/PIABohol)

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