Senior High School Work Immersion Industry Forum A Great Success

Monday, September 25, 2017

The recent Senior High School Work Immersion Industry Forum was a great success.  HR Managers and Owners of different companies supportive of the advocacy of allowing Senior High School students to be part of their company through the Senior High School Work Immersion Program as required by the Department of Education attended the forum.

The Senior High School Work Immersion Industry Forum discussed the following topics:

  • Welcome Remarks by Don Timothy Buhain, Chief Operating Officer, Rex Book Store Inc.
  • Matching Academic Curriculum on Work/Job Readiness         by   Mr. George Barcelon, President, PCCI
  • Rex Book Store’s “Para sa Bata” and Isang Nayon Advocacy by Dr. Fe Hidalgo
  • Situational Analysis on the Current Employment Scenario and Jobstart Philippines Program by Ms. Myka Rose E. Trono, Statistician II Labor Market Information, Research, and Career Guidance Advocacy Division Bureau of Local Employment (BLE), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE)

  • Guidelines on Implementing K-12 Work Immersion ProgramsBy Mr. Mark Anthony V. Bercando, RGC, RPm Supervising Education Program Specialist Bureau of Curriculum Development, Department of Education (DepED)
  • Sharing of Best Practices on the Industry-Academe Partnership by 
  1. Ms. Bonita Mendoza HRDD Manager, Rex Book Store Inc.
  2. Ms. Carmie de Leon, Trustee, People Management             Association of the Philippines
  3. Ms. Maria Vivien Arnobit of the Meralco Power Academy
  • Closing Remarks by Dr. Emerson Atanacio, Chief Executive Officer of the National College of Science and Technology

The Senior High School work immersion program requires companies to give 80 hours per student to experience the work. This will enable students to become familiar with the workplace, experience workplace simulation and apply their competencies in areas of specialization. It is also expected to help develop life and career skills and prepare learners to make decisions about postsecondary education or employment.

During the forum, DEPED representative Mr. Mark Anthony V. Bercando emphasized that the safety of the senior high school students is one of the primary requirements for partner companies willing to open their doors to these students.

Rex Book Store Inc. made the forum possible as it took the lead in organizing the event. Other organizations that are instrumental to the success of the event are People’s Management Association of the Philippines (PMAP), Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI), Bank Marketing Association of the Philippines (BMAP), Philippine Marketing Association of the Philippines (PMA), Ortigas Center Association Inc. (OCAI), Rotary Mutya ng Pasig, Inner Wheel, and Rotary District 3800.

Exlinkevents is the event manager of the forum. For partnerships, call 633-0153 | 643-3887 or email

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