ECOP Director General Mr. Jose Roland A. Moya met with the representatives of the Philippine Business for Education (PBed), to discuss ECOP’s involvement in the National Industry Academe Council (NIAC).
The NIAC serves as a venue for high-level policy dialogue between industry and the academe. Founded in 2013 and composed of 26 industry leaders and academe officials, the NIAC aims to remedy youth unemployment and job-skills mismatch through a workforce development approach and by closing the industry-academe gap.
Ms. Justine Raagas, PBed Director for Workforce Development, discussed that for 2019, the NIAC aims to set and mainstream a workforce development agenda, institutionalize industry participation in standards-setting and quality assurance, as well as the creation of platforms for industry partnership in workforce development such as the employment of K-12 graduates, and the development of TESDA skill levels 4 and 5.
ECOP members are expected to participate in the activities organized by the NIAC which may include industry-academe mixers, job fairs, and surveys related to workforce development.
ECOP President Mr. Sergio Ortiz-Luis, Jr. sits as the organization’s representative to the NIAC. The Council is set to have its second meeting on December 2019 to discuss the progress of the goals set for 2019.