FIRe Up Tomorrow: Preparing the Filipino Worker for the Fourth Industrial Revolution
|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 public forum entitled “FIRe Up Tomorrow: Preparing the Filipino Worker for the Fourth Industrial Revolution” on Friday, 23 August 2019 at the Makati Diamond Residences, Makati City. The event was the finale of this year’s FIRe Up Series, a string of fora and discussions on the Fourth Industrial Revolution (FIRe), its impact on the labor market, and the appropriate policy responses. The forum was geared towards: (1) promoting public appreciation and understanding of the impact of FIRe on society and its workers; (2) providing a venue for stakeholders to discuss the requisite policies and infrastructure that will help Filipino workers adapt to FIRe; and (3) assisting individuals, businesses, and policy makers in recognizing their roles in helping the labor force take advantage of and adapt to FIRe.
This forum was attended by participants from the private sector, academe, government, and other stakeholders. The morning session tackled the overall impact of automation on employment in Asia and the Philippines. The presenters for this session were Dr. Sameer Khatiwada of the Asian Development Bank, Dr. Jamil Paolo Francisco of the AIM RSN PCC, Dr. Walter Theseira of the Singapore University of Social Sciences, Mr. Khalid Hassan of the International Labour Organization, and Rep. Christopher De Venecia of the Philippine House of Representatives. Dr. Emmanuel Esguerra of the University of the Philippines moderated the panel discussion that followed.
The afternoon session focused on programs related to FIRe adaption, specifically lifelong learning and human resource development. The speakers who presented their organizations’ initiatives were Ms. Loh Chuu Yi of the Nanyang Polytechnic in Singapore, Mr. Abdul Ghani Rajput of the Colombo Plan Staff College, Mr. Engelbert Camasura of Asia Select Inc. and Society for Human Resource Management, Ms. Zoe Diaz De Rivera of the IT & Business Process Association Philippines, and Ms. Freya Barquilla of Accenture Philippines. The presentations were followed by a panel discussion moderated by Dr. Tereso Tullao of De La Salle University.
Ms. Rose Ann Camille Caliso of AIM RSN PCC hosted the event.