THE Philippines is developing inclusive innovation hubs to prepare our workers and allow them to adapt to technological advancements and prepare the Filipino workforce for future jobs that include artificial intelligence (AI). 

Trade Secretary Ramon M. Lopez unveiled the plan as the country prepares for the so-called “future of work” which was conceived during the recent CEO Forum held at the sidelines of ASEAN-Australia Special Summit.

The CEO Forum gathered ASEAN and Australian business leaders to discuss six main topics vital to deepening economic integration. 


Six topics

Six topics were discussed in separate CEO Forum Roundtables that included tourism destination development and aviation; digital transformation in services; advanced manufacturing and industry 4.0; agri-food supply chain logistics; future energy supply chains; and infrastructure.

The department’s inclusive innovation industrial strategy (i3S), hopes to tighten the synergy between the industry and academe, would require a future-ready workforce. 

Government policies and projects on education, internship and training must be aligned and pushed while academe’s interaction will ensure that their research works will be relevant and market driven.


Future jobs and AI

This developed as Lopez encouraged the PH education system to create a value system that promotes creativity and innovation where students can be taught to understand the how-to's and the why's.

The goal of these initiatives is to prepare the Filipino workforce for future jobs that include artificial intelligence (AI). 

“We need to create an AI workforce that is more inclusive and will give a chance to much more Filipinos to be employed,” Lopez said.

Advancing these skills will also provide job security for current roles that are endangered by technology.


Inclusive globalization

Lopez cited President Rodrigo Roa Duterte's call for inclusive globalization, developing a symbiotic relation between big countries and small countries. 

This aims to encourage major economies to help developing countries, providing enabling programs that will build capacities in the developing nations and then ensuring as well that they open more market access for their products and services. 

This will certainly lead to a more shared prosperity in a globalizing world.


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