The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) and Philippine Association of Professional Regulatory Boards Incorporated (PAPRB) joined forces as they virtually gathered more than two thousand five hundred (2,500) Filipino professionals from all over the world in the 9th Philippine Professional Summit (PPS9) last October 23 and 24, 2020.
The PPS9 2020 is an avenue organized by PAPRB to gather Filipino intellectuals from academia, industry, and governments to discuss this year’s theme “The Path Forward for Global Professionals: Rising to the Pandemic Challenge."
The two-day summit aimed to connect people thru systematic means of collaboration and to implement tangible change from enhanced professional insights and research that will further develop the professionals' collective response to various disruptions in the current global scenario brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.
One of the highlights of this year’s summit was the virtual-ceremonial handover of the PRC Quality Guidebook to Hon. Chairman Teofilo S. Pilando, Jr by the past PAPRB President Hon. Robert S. Sac and the newly elected PAPRB President, Hon. Carfredda P. Dumlao.
Chairman Pilando, in his keynote speech, identified the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on various sectors, such as the economy, education, changes in work/ workspace, and the practice and mobility of professionals worldwide. As for the future of glocal—Global and Local participants, the honorable Chairman noted that adaptability should be the “best tactical weapon” of the professionals in post-pandemic situations.
This year’s internationally renowned speakers presented relevant discussions and measures to virtually respond to challenges post by the COVID-19 pandemic. Former Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Undersecretary Rolando G. Tungpalan firstly rendered a presentation on socio-economic landscapes and its impact on the national setting. He was followed by former Chairman of the Civil Service Commission's Advisory Council Atty. Alexander L. Lacson’s presentation on the effects of COVID-19 pandemic among Filipinos. Besides his insightful message, Honorable Commissioner Jose Y. Cueto, Jr. also discussed the pandemic’s impact on the specialization and practice of professions. Wrapping up the first day of plenary speakers was Rev. Fr. Gregorio L. Bañaga, Jr., Provincial Superior of the Vincentians in the Philippines and former President of Adamson University, with his presentation on to the future journey of the new world.
Day two was opened by Dr. Rex Victor O. Cruz’ presentation, former Chancellor and Professor at the University of the Philippines, Los Baños, on the role and importance of land use planning and development towards minimizing public health risks and followed by former Undersecretary of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), BGen. Eliseo M. Rio Jr. who presented the digital transformation brought about by the pandemic. Singapore Architects Lam Khee Poh and Theodore C. Chan gave presentations on the concept of total building performance and diagnostics and the future of the built environment, respectively. Lastly, Dr. Carmencita D. Padilla, Chancellor, University of the Philippines, Manila, tackled leadership and multi-disciplinary collaboration amidst the global crisis.
The summit ended with the Overall Chairman Hon. Concordio D. Zuniga’s closing remarks and words of gratitude and the drafting of relevant Resolution as PPS9's significant output facilitated by Hon. Ramil G. Gabao, Chairman, PRB of Criminology and Hon. Samuel B. Padilla, Member, PRB of Accountancy.
Finally, being the relevant keynote speaker of this year’s summit, Hon. Chairman Pilando stressed that we shouldn't be victims of technocracy, for we will only contribute to the societal injustices that are already present. Instead, we can channel the pandemic's challenges as a catapult that will bring our vision to fruition.