PBEd engages key cities for HR development

In partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), PBEd held a Human Resource Summit in Zamboanga City last February 13, 2015. We also held a turnover ceremony for the recently completed Human Resource Development (HRD) Plan for Puerto Princesa and Greater Palawan last February 11, 2015.

The Zamboanga Summit gathered local leaders from the industry, academe and government, which included officers of industry associations and heads of higher education institutions.

The Summit began with presentations about the project and its rationale, the prevailing economic and educational contexts, opportunities for industry-academe cooperation, and existing partnership models in other project sites. These were followed by workshops where participants identified current gaps and problems between industries and academe in the city, and identified steps where they can work together to bridge these gaps. At the end of the Summit, participants proposed for the creation of a local government-industry-academe council to promote continued multisectoral dialogue and ensure that the identified steps and suggestions for collaboration are pursued.

Meanwhile, in Palawan, PBEd turned over the HRD Plan of Puerto Princesa and Greater Palawan to the Provincial Government of Palawan. The plan is the result of several months of work in the province, culminating in a launch during another HR summit last April 1, 2014. After gathering inputs from the discussion on the initial summit, PBEd commissioned the University of Asia and the Pacific’s Center for Research and Communication to develop the plan, which will serve as a guide for potential government-industry-academe partnerships and other strategies to address the local economy's manpower needs.

Vice-governor Victorino Dennis Socrates, Mayor Cecil Bayron, and various local leaders and members of industry and academe were present during the turnover.