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PRC enjoins Filipino professionals in boosting PHL competitiveness for ASEAN 2015

BAGUIO CITY, Sep. 2 (PIA) – - Officials and representatives from key government agencies, academe, professional groups and other stakeholders from Northern and Central Luzon gathered  at the Summer Place Hotel here Friday, for a pre-summit conference for the 2nd Philippine Professional Summit   set on  October 15 – 16, 2013.

Spearheaded by the Professional Regulatory Commission (PRC), in partnership with the Philippine Association of Professional Regulatory Board Members, Inc., the pre-summit  adopted  the theme, “Empowering the Professionals toward the ASEAN Economic Community 2015.

The activity  was aimed to  present the regional and national developments that will prepare the competitiveness of the Filipino professionals  in 2015.

The activity involved  plenary session and small group discussions  which specifically aims to provide an understanding on key concepts, principles and impact behind the recent regional and national developments  such as the ASEAN Mutual Recognition Arrangements, Philippine Qualifications Framework, ASEAN Qualifications Reference Framework, Competitiveness Roadmaps of different Professions, Outcome-Based Education and the use of learning outcomes, and Continuing Professional Development. Moreover, to develop action plans to be implemented at professional levels, their organization and different government agencies for global competitiveness.

PRC Chairperson Teresita Manzala, in her keynote address, outlined  the importance of the insights, observations, concerns and ideas of the conference  participants  as their inputs will play a vital role in boosting the global competitiveness of the country and the Filipino professional workforce in preparation for the ASEAN Economic Community 2015 wherein there will be a free movement of goods, services, investments, capital and skilled workers, within and among the 10 ASEAN member countries.

She also challenged   the participants to have a change in mindset  now and boost their individual  as well as their institutions (for the academe) to boost their competitiveness  as by 2015 competencies in the ASEAN Economic Community  will be measured not on the competency of the educational institution where one came from but on outcome-base education and the use of learning outcomes.

“2015 is not tomorrow but now. We must change the mindset now and move to an offensive strategy so that we can gain from this new game that lies ahead of us”, Manzala stressed.

Manzala also pointed out the important role of every Filipino skilled worker and professional, not only in preparing the country for ASEAN Economic Community 2015, but also in the achievement of the Philippine Development Plan.

She  stressed that in a free-trade set-up, there will be no movement in goods, services, investments and capital without the skilled or professional workers that are doing most of the work and that  there is no part of the PDP  without   Filipino professionals  involved. (JDP/CCD-PIA CAR)

Brain drain in the Philippines?

MANILA: Whenever a senior Filipino professional leaves to work abroad, alarm bells ring out and panic reigns across thebrain-drain land. “There goes the talent, woe unto us!” people cry out.

The debate about brain drain has been around for decades. In the meantime, millions of other professionals stay, but people panic all the same. It’s like brain drain will gobble us all up like some kind of mysterious blob.

When the dictator Ferdinand Marcos finally gave up and agreed to a helicopter ride out of the Palace in February 1986, ushering in the Cory Aquino era, I was living in the United States. The good news rang out all over the world.

At work, a senior colleague from India who had been a mentor to me came to my office. “I know what you’re thinking, young man,” he started, then added: “You want to rush home to help your countrymen rebuild your nation. No need to do that. There are a lot of capable people there to do it.”

Of course, he was right. There were a lot of capable people to do it.

That’s exactly the point here: There’s another way of looking at the so-called brain drain. Today, people are lamenting the departure for greener pastures of senior weather forecasters at Pagasa, the national weather bureau. In the past, it was doctors, pilots, and other senior professionals.

Instead of panicking and feeling abandoned, we should be feeling happy for those who are given an opportunity to practise their craft abroad, get paid well, and live prosperous lives. Isn’t that the goal of every professional, to be able to be really good at one’s career and be paid well for it? Why begrudge those who are able to reach their personal peak of success and enjoy the fruits of their labour?

Instead of worrying about the loss of such professionals, we should look at their passage as an opportunity to train others to attain the same elevated status and give them their turn to be useful to the country.

There is no reason to rue the departure of senior specialists because there are many others waiting in the wings to take their places.

Thousands of professionals come out of universities every year, champing at the bit to practise what they’ve learned and contribute to nation-building.

There seems to be a sense in the country that those who leave for greener pastures are traitors to the nation, that by going abroad, they’re abandoning the country.

Professionals must grow in their careers. And when they’ve attained a certain degree of success, they need to move up, they need to move on. To move up and on, they must, like water, find their own level. And where is that? If it’s not in the country, then find it elsewhere.

Professionals should be given all the opportunity they need to improve themselves, to attain a certain level of prosperity and comfort, and be the best that they can be. Nothing and no one should stand in their way.

Except, of course, in times when their particular expertise is sorely needed by the country. That is a given.

But, as it stands today, the country has a plentiful supply – an oversupply, really – of professionals from various fields. Doctors, nurses, accountants, teachers, you name it. Why not let them be successful where that is possible?

What we should be doing is improving further the levels of instruction at our schools in order to produce outstanding graduates. So that if they graduate as tea­chers, they should be hired as tea­chers and not as domestic helpers.

Then President Gloria Arroyo once made the startling statement that we should train our womenfolk who go abroad so that they can be “supermaids”. That was a bizarre and insulting statement. Why not train them instead to be superteachers, superaccountants, superengineers, and so on?

We have a surplus of skilled people. Let’s not waste it by discouraging our countrymen from practising their professions abroad and getting paid well for it. Let’s not look at Filipinos going abroad as a loss; let’s look at them as a plus instead of a minus.

Frankly, when we say there’s brain drain, we insult those who have stayed or come back home.