SPARKING UP TIES FOR THE COUNTRY’S IT-BPM INDUSTRY: Together with other government agencies, academe and industry stakeholders, the Philippine Board of Investments (BOI) pushed for stronger ties to boost growth of the country’s Information Technology and Business Process Management (IT-BPM) industry. Through its Trade and Industry Development Talks (TIDTalks) platform, the BOI organized the hybrid forum to validate and get valuable insights, and suggestions on the results of the National Skills Mapping Survey for the IT-BPM industry. The participants concurred with the survey output and vowed to work closer on major initiatives including the conduct of a comprehensive curriculum review, upskilling and retooling of the IT-BPM workforce, effective industry immersion as well as strengthened local and international branding support for Filipino talents and their IT-related works. In the photo are the TIDTalks onsite key resource speakers and participants: (L-R; first row) Director Cherrie Melanie Ancheta-Diego of CHED; Ms. Ana Maria “Penny” Bongato, BOI Consultant; Executive Director Nelly Nita Dillera of PTTC; Executive Director Rosalina Constantino of TESDA, Vice President Gail Macapagal of HIMAP; Director Emmy Lou Delfin of DICT; and BOI’s Executive Director Ma. Corazon Halili-Dichosa, Acting Director Mary Ann Raganit, and OIC Division Chief Remedios Lim. (L-R; second row) Director Rhea Luz Valbuena of Asia Pacific College; Vice President Solon Chen of Kooapps/CHED Expert; President Miguel del Rosario and Executive Director Daniel Enriquez of Animation Council of the Philippines; IEMC Chairperson Lamberto Ongkingko of De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde; Dean Rafael Cabredo of De La Salle University; and Dr. Maria Rona Lobo of Far Eastern University.