Develop innovative potential of youth and workers to accelerate recovery and growth-PCCI

19 March 2021 – The country can still recover lost ground and accelerate growth to catch up with Ambisyon 2040’s aspiration to end poverty and be a predominantly middle-class society by 2040, the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) said as the country’s largest business organization rolled out its partnership with tech giant Huawei to provide students and the workforce accessible opportunities to learn about frontier technologies.

The first of a three-prong program, the webinar launched the PCCI-Huawei ICT Academy, the official program that will deliver industry-recognized Huawei Certification courses to students.  The webinar introduced two training programs - Huawei Mobile Services (HMS), which covers app development, and Huawei ICT Academy, which covers competencies in Networking, Cloud Systems, and Artificial Intelligence (AI).
Both training programs are offered to educational institutions free of charge as a corporate social responsibility project of both PCCI and Huawei.  Students who will undergo the training and successfully pass the assessment will receive a Huawei certificate recognized worldwide as well as a PCCI Chamber certificate.

Highlighting the importance of innovation through technology to realize the vision of Ambisyon 2040, PCCI President Amb. Benedicto V. Yujuico said, “We have to leapfrog into adopting technology such as robotics, AI and Cloud in our operations.  Our economic growth has been set back by several years.  We can still recover lost grounds and accelerate the growth of critical sectors such as agriculture, manufacturing, BPO, construction, logistics, education, and even improve government services and ease and lessen the cost of doing business if our local firms and our young people have a technology mindset and we are able to equip our workers with the skills and tools needed to operate frontier technologies.”

Continuous investment in the ICT skills of Filipino students and the reskilling and upskilling of the workforce is important now more than ever as the country recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic.  This was expressed in a statement of PCCI Technology and Innovation Committee Director Perry Ferrer as he shared the importance of the PCCI-Huawei partnership as the country moves forward.

“Our edge in ASEAN and Asia is our demographic divided.  We should be able to utilize this to our advantage by prioritizing education that enhances the creative and innovative capacities of young people in ways that are not only relevant to employability but to more advanced machinery that are required by industries to rebound strongly and to be more competitive,” Ferrer said.

Ferrer cited that the courses and training programs offered in the PCCI – Huawei partnership is based on industry standards and industry needs which assures educational institutions that skills to be learned by the students are relevant and timely.
The PCCI-Huawei Academe training is implemented through PCCI’s Human Resources Development Foundation Inc. (PCCIHRDF) headed by Dr. Alberto P. Fenix, Jr.

PCCI is expected to roll-out the training program in select educational institutions in close coordination with its local chambers.

The next PCCI–Huawei webinar is scheduled on March 29.  It will discuss how the partnership will benefit our country’s industries and businesses especially those the MSMEs.