Our organization recognizes the important role of its partners in the development and enhancement of the national strategic workforce development plan for the Philippines. You have been an integral part in the success of our conference on February 11, 2021, when we gathered different stakeholders from the academe, industry, government, and professional organizations in forging partnerships and alliances for the establishment of the framework for the workforce development plan.

The said conference gathered diverse perspectives that can be used to inform curriculum, instruction, assessment, industry and employment practices, capacity-building standards, and policy formulation and implementation on having a consolidated strategic workforce plan for the Philippines. It underscored the importance of integration and inclusion as it brought together the stakeholders of the Philippine workforce in planning for systematic, informed, and united strategies for addressing the perennial issues and problems in education and workforce development.

In addition, different perspectives from all the attendees about the major features of the proposed strategic workforce development framework were gathered. The insights provided by the delegates are organized based on the following: (1) career development foundations, (2) SFI Initiatives, (3) labor market information through data science, (4) pillars of workforce development – assessment and evaluation standards, curriculum and development standards, workforce development systems and tools, and capacity building (5) policy standards, and (6) interagency standards.

The consultative meeting aims to facilitate a healthy exchange of ideas among the invited stakeholders of the Philippine workforce on the post-pandemic response integrating the following realities: (1) COVID-19 pandemic, (2) National Employment Recovery Strategy (NERS), (3) flexible learning (skilling and up-skilling), (4) Employment Generation/Facilitation and Career Guidance, (5) Mental Health, (6) 5th industrial revolution, (7) digital collaboration.

The session will cover the following themes: (1) issues and concerns, (2) initiatives and/or programs in response to the issues and concerns (what is working), (3) proactive plans on the implemented initiatives and/or programs. Concurrent breakout sessions will be facilitated to gather targeted inputs from the stakeholders. Finally, a synthesis of the consultative meeting will be shared before the session ends.

Program Flow

Cross Cutting Topics/Questions across the Breakout Sessions

1. What are the key issues do you have pertaining to the COVID-19 Pandemic?
2. What concerns do you have pertaining to post-pandemic recovery?
3. What are your current programs in addressing the effects of COVID-19 pandemic?
4. What are your current initiatives in facilitating post pandemic recovery?
5. What assistance do you need in facilitating post pandemic recovery?
6. What are your thoughts about post pandemic recovery workplace skills?
7. What do you think is more important in the post pandemic recovery - upskilling or reskilling? Why?
8. What do you think are the competencies that will be needed in the post pandemic recovery of your organization?
9. What are your thoughts about flexible learning and digital collaboration?
10.How important mental health is in the post pandemic recovery?
11.What are your thoughts on implementing an integrative post pandemic recovery program for the Philippines?