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Developing a Future-Ready Filipino Workforce for Competitiveness and Shared Prosperity

Posted: 2019-01-07
Concept Note
Presentation of Mr. Teddy Monroy
Presentation of Mr. Poon King Wang
Presentation of Prof. Jamil Paolo Francisco
Presentation of Mr. Tristan Canare
Presentation of Ms. Stephanie Flores
Policy Forum Note

The Asian Institute of Management Rizalino S. Navarro Policy Center for Competitiveness (AIM RSN PCC), in partnership with the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) Philippines, held a conference entitled “Developing a Future-Ready Filipino Workforce for Competitiveness and Shared Prosperity” on 6 December 2018 at the Makati Diamond Residences, Makati City. The conference was geared towards: (1) promoting public appreciation and understanding of the impact of 4IR on jobs and overall Philippine competitiveness; and (2) providing a venue for industry players, policy makers, and academe to discuss the possible impact of 4IR on specific tasks in jobs in their own industries and assess the existing education system and its responsiveness to the 4IR.

This event was attended by participants from the private sector, academe, government, and other stakeholders. It featured presentations on Industry 4.0 and the future of education, followed by a panel discussion led by industry players in the agriculture, industry, services, and education sectors.

Dr. Stephan Jost of KAS gave the opening remarks. He argued that an assessment and the development of the future education system is necessary, most especially since the Philippines has a young population.

Mr. Teddy Monroy of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) provided a background on Industry 4.0 and the readiness of the Philippines for it. The main takeaway was although 4IR is expected to disrupt all sectors and disciplines in all countries, an adverse impact would be in-shoring.

Mr. Poon King Wang of the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) provided a presentation on 4IR and the future of education. A main insight from him is that technologies do not disrupt job by job, but task by task.

The keynote speeches were followed by a panel discussion on the future of education for Agriculture and Industry. The panelists were Mr. Teddy Monroy, Dr. Roberto F. Ranola, Jr. of the Philippine Association of Agriculturists Inc., Mr. Jose Maria A. Aligada of Toyota Motor Philippines School of Technology (TMP Tech), and Dr. Danilo C. Lachica from the Semiconductor and Electronics Industries in the Philippines, Inc. (SEIPI).

Mr. Tristan Canare, Ms. Stephanie Flores and Prof. Jamil Paolo Francisco of the AIM RSN PCC then presented the findings of their study “Mapping the 4IR At-Risk Workers in the Philippines”. The study mapped Philippine workers whose jobs are at risk because of the 4IR according to sector, educational attainment, income, and gender, among other socio-demographic indicators.

This was followed by a panel discussion on the future of education for the Services sector. The panelists were: Ms. Rosemarie Ong of the Philippine Retailers Association (PRA), Prof. Fernando Roxas of AIM, Ms. Jenizel Lagunzad of Zennya, Mr. Rene Gener of the Philippine Management Association of the Philippines (PMAP), Dr. Rebecca Cacho of St. Scholastica’s College, Manila, (SSC), and Mr. Elmer Talavera of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).

Mrs. Maribel Dano-Luna of the AIM RSN PCC hosted the event.

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