Bohol creates Government-Industry-Academe Council for greater competitiveness

Bohol governor Edgardo Chatto signed an executive order creating the Bohol Government-Industry-Academe (GIA) Council) last February 5, 2015. This brings to fruition a key recommendation from the Human Resource Development (HRD) Plan for Tourism of Bohol. The GIA Council will serve as a venue to promote dialogue and increase multisectoral collaboration.

The GIA Council is created to bring together representatives from the three sectors in order to help increase industry’s involvement in academe, improve availability and access of skills demand forecasts to the local market, improve access and level the playing field, and improve governance in the local higher education sector.

The EO signing was witnessed by US Ambassador to the Philippines, Philip Goldberg, USAID Mission Director Gloria Steele, and key representatives from industry and academe.

The HRD Plan is a project of PBEd, in partnership with United States Agency for International Development. Earlier in 2014, PBEd commissioned Asia Pacific Projects, Inc., to create a plan that would present existing issues on human resources in the tourism sector and identify possible solutions to these said issues. The Plan was presented to the province on November 18, 2014.