TAGUIG CITY, Philippines (30 October 2019) – The IT and Business Process Association of the Philippines (IBPAP) is partnering with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) on several talent development initiatives to train incumbent and future workforces and develop more comprehensive industry programs.

BPAP President and CEO Rey Untal, together with TESDA Director General Secretary Isidro Lapeña, signed a memorandum of understanding in a private event on October 30 at the TESDA Complex in Taguig City.  Also present were IBPAP Vice Chair Ayhee Campos, IBPAP Executive Director for External Affairs and Investor Relations Nicki Agcaoili, IBPAP Chief of Staff Jopat Lelay, TESDA Deputy Director General for TESD Operations Gladys Rosales, TESDA Planning Office Executive Director Marissa Legaspi, and TESDA Certification Office Executive Director Maria Susan Dela Rama.

The first initiative under the partnership is to conduct the Workplace Skills and Satisfaction (WSS) Survey as one of the methodologies under the Skills Needs Anticipation (SNA) for the IT-BPM sector.

“The Filipino talent is without a doubt our most valuable asset. While the demand for our services continues to come in, it is imperative for the sector to remain agile amidst a changing IT-BPM landscape,” said Ms. Campos. “Under talent development, our focus areas include partnering with industry, academe, and government to drive curriculum enhancement for upskilling and reskilling talent, and promoting skills and mindset pivot among pre- and current workforce.”

Through the WSS survey, both organizations are hoping to identify the future skills needs of the industry and use that data to realign private sector initiatives with the upskilling and reskilling requirements of the IT-BPM workforce in response to the disruptive technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

“As the IT-BPM sector continues to grow and change, IBPAP will work hand-in-hand with our stakeholders in the academe and government to ensure the industry and its workforce are ready to answer the growing and shifting demands of the global marketplace,” shared Mr. Untal.

As the country’s largest job generator, IT-BPM remains to be one of TESDA’s key priority industries. Results of the WSS Survey will not only help IBPAP and its member companies with their own programs, it will also help the agency determine employer satisfaction on the competencies and performance of Technical-Vocational Education and Training (TVET) graduates.

“While TESDA and the private sector each has their own initiatives, it is imperative for both to strategically collaborate on certain projects so that we can broaden our reach and extend the benefits to more people,” said Secretary Lapeña. “We’ve worked with IBPAP on many occasions through the years and we look forward to seeing what else we could accomplish through this partnership.”

Another initiative under this partnership is the creation of a Technical Working Group composed of members from both TESDA and IBPAP which will serve as the operationalization arm of this partnership. The creation of the TWG is important because it will set the parameters and strategies for all talent development initiatives between TESDA and IBPAP within the MOU’s timeframe.

It is clear that the IT-BPM industry is thriving due in part to the sustained and considerable support coming from the government whose role has been crucial in its growth.