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)