By Franklin Rey P.
Mayor Oscar "Oca" Moreno speaks in support of the Senior High School program
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - The CDO ICT Business Council in cooperation with the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), conducted the "2019 Industry-Academe ICT Forum" at the DICT Skills Training and Internship Center in Cagayan de Oro City last May 31, 2019. The forum aims to bring together stakeholders from the academe, local government and the industry to discuss how to improve the talent development collaboration, as well as recognize their roles in shaping up the ICT workforce of this industry.
Members of the business council from the education sector and the ICT industry, including Innovuze Solutions, Inc., participated in the event. The City Mayor, Hon. Oscar S. Moreno, also arrived to speak in support of the event.
Engr. Rolando Cabaluna of DICT welcomed the participants of the event, both those from the industry and the academe sector. Mr. Jonathan “Bong” Adolfo of the CDO ICT Business Council gave an overview of the city’s BPO and ICT industry. On the other hand, Ms. Jean Macasero and representatives from DepEd gave an overview of the Senior High program.
Engr. Rolando Cabaluna of DICT welcomes the forum participants
The event was also graced by the presence of Honorable City Mayor Oscar S. Moreno, who showed his support and shared the importance of the initiatives and the need to improve the Industry-Academe partnership, most especially for the interests of the Senior High students.
The activity was participated by representatives from government agencies: Engr. Rolando Cabaluna of DICT-MC2, Ms. Elsie Limosnero of DTI-MOR, Gerry Quiblat of TESDA, Mr. Ariel Hernandez of TESDEC, Sir Leo Velez of CDO-TVI, SDS Johnathan del Pena of DepED-City Division, Ms. Jean Macasero of DepEd-SHS Coordinator, Ms. Christine Sevilla of CDO-ISPOA, Mark Godfrey Torres of CHED.
The industry and the academe stakeholders who were present during the forum are the following: Teleperformance, Concentrix, SupportZebra, Envision, Azpired, Arriba, Innovuze Solutions, Redlemon Digital Media, Syntactics, Platyppines, Dataworld Computer Center, Capitol University, COC-PHINMA, STI-CDO, USTP-CDO, and LDCU.
Mr. Bong Adolfo of the CDO ICT Business Council reports about the BPO's and startups in the city
The forum was divided into two sessions, in the morning was the discussions for DepEd, the K12 program, Senior High School status and their immersion program, and in the afternoon was the higher education concerns such as on OJTs, teacher immersion, and fitness of the graduates for employment in the industry.
In summary, the following are the highlights for the immersion program: MOA was in place for partnership with DepEd and DICT and ICT for students work immersion, students were enriched with additional trainings such as TECH4ED, students were oriented to actual BPO setup which gave them an overview of how it is to work in BPO, and students were engaged in actual hands on activities.
Improvements to the immersion program were also stated, such as, improved schedule of immersion activities to allocate sufficient time for training and hands on activities, inclusion of all SHS tracks in DICT training and BPO exposure, alignment of TVI specialization with work immersion trainings and activities, more hands on activities, and re-alignment or enrichment of curriculum with BPO ICT skills to meet their manpower needs.
Hopefully, this is just a part of a constant cooperation between the academe, the local government, and the ICT private sector to continuously advance the country’s initiatives to improve the quality of education and provide opportunities for employment to the graduates.