SIX higher education institutions (HEIs) in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) have begun cooperation to “future-proof” the region after a workshop in Tagaytay.
Ifugao State University (IFSU), Kalinga State University (KSU), Abra State Institute of Sciences and Technology (ASIST), Benguet State University (BSU), Apayao State College (ASC) and Mountain Province State Polytechnic College (MPSPC) were the six HEIs that attended the Regional Futures Consortium Workshop: High Level Anticipatory Leadership and Governance Executive Course in Tagaytay City.
The workshop allowed the six state universities and colleges (SUCs) to identify focal concerns and directions for future development. Each SUC identified a different focal concern in its own region.
IFSU identified the Ifugao Rice Terraces as Globally Important Agricultural Heritage System as their focal concern, KSU identified the development of silk industry, ASIST identified bamboo, BSU identified smart farming, ASC identified sustainable biodiversity, and MPSPC identified globalization as its pressing concern.
The workshop also led to the signing of a memorandum of agreement (MOA) amongst the six SUCs to create the CAR Futures Thinking and Strategic Foresight Consortium and collaboration with the Philippine Futures Society.