IGFI is into K-12 Program of DepEd

One of the challenges being faced by our high school graduates now especially those who have no or limited means to go to college is the difficulty of being employed due to lack of skills as needed by the industry. The K-12 Program of the Department of Education (DepEd) is supposed to address this problem but as admitted by the DepEd, the curricula of the K-12 Program particularly in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and Technical and Vocational (Tech-Voc) strands of the Senior High School are yet to be responsive to the needs of the industry.

Considering the above context, ICCP Group Foundation, Inc. (IGFI) forged a partnership with the Australian Embassy through the Asia Foundation Partnership in the Philippines under the Coalition for Change Program in Basic Education to contextualize the curricula of STEM and Tech-Voc based on the needs of the industry. The initiative that started in 2015 is dubbed as, “Senior High School Industry Linkage Project (SHSILP)” generally aims to develop a sound and sustainable industrial linkage and service program for the students of K-12 Program. The project pilot site was in Calamba, Laguna in partnership with the locators of the Light Industry and Science Park (LISP) II and DepEd Calamba Division of Schools. The collective partnership specifically aims to contextualize the curriculum of senior high schools based on the knowledge and skills’ needs of the locators of LISP II and develop immersion program for students in partnership with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) towards the formation of a pool of skilled manpower for all our locators.

The success of the pilot project in Calamba triggered the replication of such initiative to other IGFI areas with industrial parks. The replication process has been conducted in four (4) areas, i.e. LISP I in Cabuyao, Laguna, LISP III in Sto. Tomas, Batangas, Hermosa Ecozone & Industrial Park (HEIP) in Hermosa, Bataan and Cebu Light & Industrial Park (CLIP) in Lapulapu City, Cebu.

Currently, the SHSILP is on the process of scaling up at the regional level. IGFI is now coordinating with major industry associations such as Semiconductors and Electronics Industries of the Philippines, Inc. (SEIPI), Philippine Ecozones Associations (PHILEA) and Bankers Associations of the Philippines (BAP) as well as with the regional office (Region IV-A) of the Department of Education. The effort is to implement the project to other regional areas to benefit more students and ensure employment especially to those senior high school graduates who will not be able to pursue college education.