PMI Philippines Chapter Supports PMI – Central Illinois Chapter's Outreach Program

By Redney Doctora

The PMI-Central Illinois Chapter in cooperation with the PMI Philippines Chapter is conducting a multi-series online Project Management Skills for Life training to the teachers of the Cebu City National Science High School (CCNSHS) in the Philippines every Saturday from Feb. 6th to March 12th 2021 from 10-11am (Philippine time). About 40 teachers will then cascade the learnings to their students.

This initiative came about when Wilfredo “Jun” Sa-a, president of the CCNSHS alumni contacted his former colleague, PMI-CIC VP of Outreach Redney Doctora and talked about the need for Project Management knowledge to make high school students better prepared to do different projects thus making them more college/work/business ready and be more competitive nationally and even globally.

PMI-CIC President Pamela Clapp together with the board approved the plan with the consent of the PMI Philippines Chapter President Emilio Tumbocon.

“Our mission is not only to serve our chapter but reach across normal boundaries to bring Project Management methodologies and training to the community. We are excited about a new Outreach opportunity with CCNSHS,” said Ms. Clapp.

This trailblazing training taught by Mr. Doctora and Ms. Clapp, is also supported by the Cebu City Department of Education Schools Division Superintendent, Dr. Rhea Mar Angtud and Mr. Nathanael Flores, CCNSHS school principal.

“We are very fortunate to have this free online Project Management Training so that we can walk the talk about Project Management to our co-teachers and students with the positive outcome as fruit of this training. Rest assured that we will not just keep the faith but spread the faith that possessing the right vision with corresponding hard work can lead to excellence in whatever endeavors we have in life," said Mr. Flores when asked why they wanted to attend the training.

To help with quality of the online connection, the Philippine Long Distance Telephone (PLDT) company reinforced the bandwidth to prevent lag and bad signal during the training.

PMI Philippines Chapter volunteers are also attending the training to observe and learn from PMI-CIC’s Education Outreach program.

“We would like to thank the PMI-CIC Outreach team for giving the PMI Philippines Chapter the opportunity to observe and learn from your program. This experience will allow our Chapter to identify other potential outreach opportunities for the youth. This program is very timely and relevant indeed, as youth engagement is one of the strategic initiatives of PMI 4.0. Teaching PM Skills for Life to CCNSHS teachers who will in turn teach their students is indeed a noble and worthy project,” according to Mr. Tumbocon.

Mr. Sa-a is optimistic with the value this training will bring to the teachers, admin staff and Board of Trustees of CCNSHS.

Mr. Sa-a quipped that “This is a rare collaboration that a foreign expert will be spending their time on for this free training. Project Management is an important life skill that is commonly used in the industry but never taught in school. So, we see some closing the gap between academe and industry.”

He added, “Just like any training, the real value comes once we start to apply by training our students to learn and apply the skills in a more practical setting. As pioneers in this training in the Philippines and probably in the world, let us maximize our learnings by joining actively and cascading it later to our students. Our sincere thanks to our partner- PMI-CIC, who are offering their time and knowledge generously to us.”

Project Management Skills for Life training is one of the multiple programs of the PMI Educational Foundation geared towards understanding project management and helping in effectively delivering a successful project.