(L-R: Dir. Dominique Tutay, Bureau of Labor and Employment-DOLE; Ibarra Paulino, Philippine Constructors Association; Katherine Amor Zarsadias, TESDA; Engr. Ofelia Bulaong, PRC; Engr. Guillermo Bernabe, PUP; Roberto Genato, MDC)
“Collaborative capacity building is the key, given that human resource development is a multi-disciplinary and multi-sectoral field. By initiating the involvement of stakeholders at the early stages of program and policy development, we can ensure a much more holistic and responsive value creation to our interventions” said the DTI chief.
Speaking at the pioneer Philippine Construction Human Resource Forum last July 19, Sec. Ramon M. Lopez emphasized the importance collaborative efforts between government, private sector, academe and construction HR practitioners in developing a competent pool of Filipino manpower.
Golden Age of Infrastructure
The field of infrastructure continues to play a vital role in national growth and development, as the country moves forward with the Philippine Development Plan (2017-2022) with the end goal of AmBisyon 2040. The Golden Age of Infrastructure is one of the current administration’s banner programs for a more advanced Philippines. According to the World Economic Forum Competitiveness Ranking, the Philippines lags behind ASEAN countries when it comes to infrastructure, to curb this issue the government, for the first time in 30 years, is allocating more than 5% of the GDP threshold for infrastructure spending.
Usec. Ruth B. Castelo of DTI-CEODBG further highlighted the government’s drive to support infrastructure through the Construction Manpower Development Foundation’s (CMDF) various construction human resource development programs which seeks to capacitate Filipino construction professionals and skilled workers
Global Competitiveness and Mobility
The government is also considering the trend of globalization and a freer global movement when it comes to infrastructure. The 2020 ASEAN offers risks and opportunities inherent in integration. Aside from ASEAN, the country is also looking at a more inclusive partnership with East Asian countries when it comes to infrastructure. Second Secretary of the Japanese Embassy to the Philippines, Ichiki Shintaro talked about the Japan-Philippines Joint Committee on Infrastructure Development and Economic Cooperation which seeks to address the medium term needs of both countries. A sophisticated approach to international relations that could benefit the country’s infrastructure boom and further develop our manpower is crucial in maintaining growth and development.
National Construction Human Resource Development Committee
The formation of a national construction HR development advisory and coordinating body strives to initiate involvement of construction industry stakeholders in program development, policy formulation and decision-making. Through this, it can be guaranteed that every human resource activity is aligned and integrated to the emerging needs and priorities of the industry.
The Committee shall review, monitor, and make recommendations to the CMDF Board on human resources strategy and policies that pertain to manpower loading, compensation, benefits, and related issues of strategic importance that directly affect construction companies’ ability to recruit, develop, and retain highly qualified professionals and workers.