The Future Movers’ Project, launched last February 2020, involving a consortium of Colombo Plan Staff College (CPSC), TUV Rheinland, Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation (ASSIST) and the German Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GPCCI) gathered relevant persons from the field of skills development, especially in Marawi, in an online stakeholders’ forum. This was held on December 9, 2020 from 2:00 PM to 4:00PM, Philippine Standard Time. A total of 56 stakeholders from both the private and public sectors, attended the online event. It was organized to invite and increase the interest of TVET institutions in the area to become project beneficiaries. It was also organized to engage members of the private sector to expand insights of TVET institution and to encourage the support the project initiatives.

The participants were officially welcomed by Mr. Tristan Loveres, Managing Director of TUV Rheiland Philippines and Engr. Abdul Ghani Rajput, Faculty Specialist of the Colombo Plan Staff College. They discussed briefly the project objectives and the progress of the implementation. CPSC led the invitation of the forum speakers namely: Dir. Rosalina Constantino, Assistant Executive Director of the Planning Division, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and Mrs. Lourdes Mission, President of the Mindanao TVET Association (MinTVET). They affirmed the commitment of their organizations to the success of this project and expressed their optimism in supporting these interventions aimed to encourage the fast socio-economic recovery of Marawi City.

In addition, the stakeholders’ dialogue was faciIitated by Mr. Sreenivas Narayan, Managing Director of ASSIST and Dir. Noralaine Rasul, Provincial Director of the TESDA Provincial Office of Lanao del Sur.

The session was closed by Dr. Ramhari Lamichhane, Director General of CPSC. He expressed his support to the rest of the consortium and affirmed CPSC’s commitment and contribution in the project.

With a tagline of “BEST for Marawi”, the Future Movers’ Project is an ongoing effort that involves the cooperation of several sectors in order to achieve the proposed impact of “up-skilling” and “right-skilling” of internally displaced persons (IDPs) and youths by honing their capability to be employed while adopting a “modular approach to learning” with the aim of replicating the lessons in the future. The project is contracted by Enabel, the Belgian Development Agency. Presently, the project is presently being implemented, albeit through online means as of now, due to the travel restrictions caused by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

Some of the participants during the session

Engr. Abdul Ghani Rajput presenting the accomplishments of the project to the audience.

Stakeholders’ Forum involving the different project proponents and the TESDA officials from Marawi.