Technological Institute of the Philippines

T.I.P. partners with JICA, DTI-BOI, and Jobstreet.com for the first Philippine Auto Industry Academia Linkage Congress

The Technological Institute of the Philippines (T.I.P.), in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry – Board of Investments (DTI-BOI), the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), and Jobstreet.com Philippines, held the first-ever Philippine Auto Industry Academia Linkage (PAAL) Congress on September 28, 2018 at the T.I.P. Quezon City campus. It was attended by over 800 students and faculty members from colleges and technical schools all over Luzon.

A component of a two-year pilot project between JICA and DTI, the PAAL Congress aims to develop the country’s automotive and auto-parts manufacturing industry by facilitating closer relationships between industry and academe. Specifically, it seeks to bolster the automotive industry’s workforce by introducing soon-to-be graduates of engineering, information technology, and other allied programs to the available career opportunities waiting for them in the field.

As an educational institution, T.I.P. fully supports results-oriented endeavors such as the PAAL Congress. T.I.P. focuses on outcomes-based education, making sure its curriculum is always attuned to the industry’s ever-changing needs and subsequently, opening its students to more job opportunities.

In her opening remarks, T.I.P. President Dr. Elizabeth Quirino-Lahoz emphasized the significance of the PAAL Congress in bridging the gap between academic curricula and industrial requirements. She noted that because the Philippines is poised to become a regional automotive manufacturing hub by 2027—producing an estimated one million units per year by then—the automotive industry will require plenty of manpower to support its growth. As such, Dr. Quirino-Lahoz encouraged the participants to use the PAAL Congress and all its resources to jumpstart their career in the automotive industry.

Experts from the automotive field discussed the current state of the Philippine automotive industry and the various career paths available for the participants in the entire industry chain, including auto-parts manufacturing, electronics manufacturing, and vehicle assembly. Among the speakers present in the event were Ma. Corazon Halili-Dichosa, Executive Director of DTI-BOI; Sherwin Chan Nones, Head of Strategic Planning and Marketing of Integrated Micro-electronics Inc.; Engr. Almira Ruiz Comuyog, Quality Assurance Division Manager of DENSO Philippines Corporation; Engr. Jennifer Angeles David, Factory Manager of SIIX EMS Philippines, Inc.; and Rene Dela Cruz and Lino Yu, both from the Philippine Die and Mold Association.

The participants were also given the chance to engage with representatives from the 26 automotive and auto-parts companies present at the PAAL Congress’ Career and Product Exhibit held also in T.I.P. Quezon City. Moreover, the students were also given the chance to submit their resume and took part in the same-day interviews as they explored the various job options available during the PAAL Congress.

Capping off the PAAL Congress, Tetsuya Yamada, JICA Senior Representative, reiterated their dedication to helping the country’s automotive industry. He remarked, “Your window of opportunities is wide open and JICA is firmly committed in making such window of opportunities even wider by working together with DTI-BOI, other government agencies, academe, and the private sector.”