JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPMC) through the JPMorgan Chase Foundation continues to empower educators across the country with its Teachers’ Training on Entrepreneurship for the K to 12 Basic Educational Program to be implemented in 2016.
Roberto L. Panlilio, Senior Country Officer at JPMorgan Philippines, shared through a message that the global financial services firm remains committed to the Philippines, to helping communities, and to nationwide job creation efforts. “We believe in the impact of the comprehensive six-day technopreneurship program developed by Bayan Academy for Social Entrepreneurship and Human Resource Development, Inc. and have seen its effectiveness in equipping Technology and Livelihood Education (TLE) teachers with the necessary entrepreneurial knowledge to teach Senior High School (Grades 11 and 12) students under the K to 12 program. We continue to work closely with our nonprofit partners and encourage our own employees to support these programs that aim to create pathways to opportunity for those who most need them.”
“The program was started to provide a better chance for students to start their own enterprises through technical skilling and entrepreneurship. Bayan Academy is one in this quest of making the unemployed but technically skilled individuals become productive members of the society,” said Dr. Eduardo A. Morato, Jr., Bayan Academy’s Chairman and President.
With 160 teachers from 159 schools participating in its initial run in the National Capital Region in 2014, the success and positive reception of the program prompted JPMorgan Chase and Bayan Academy to expand its reach to different provinces, in partnership with the Department of Education (DepEd). A series of runs were conducted in Region III and IV, and most recently in the Visayas region – specifically in Cebu, Leyte and Samar. A total of 313 teachers from more than 200 DepEd schools participated.
During the training run in Cebu City, a module on proper decorum during a job interview was led by JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s Cebu Global Service Center. Employee volunteers also engaged with the teachers in role-playing exercises that would equip the latter with the right set of soft skills on how to effectively deliver the right messages during interviews as well as in interactions with their own students.
“This is the first time that TLE teachers have gone through an intensive 6-day training program,” said Febelyn Bendulo, DepEd Cebu City Division’s TLE Supervisor. “We are happy that we were given this type of training to equip us in teaching our students,” she added. “This particular workshop exceeded my expectations,” shared by one of the participants Criselda Mariñas from Abellana National High School.
Another program is slated in June in partnership with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and Technical Vocational Schools and Associations in the Philippines (TEVSAPHIL).
Since 2010, JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Bayan Academy have been working together to develop technical skills training for the disengaged youth and adults from low-income communities in Manila, particularly in BASECO. In 2014, JPMC started funding for the engaged youth, which aims to address the mismatch between the skills the youth currently have and the skills needed in the workforce.
Graduates of the 6th JPMC Teachers’ Training on Entrepreneurship for the K to 12 Basic Educational Program with JPMorgan Chase’s employee volunteers led by Revie Anne Serrano, Asst. Vice President for Communications and Cathy Chiong, Vice President for Compliance.