The Philippine Trade Training Center – Global MSME Academy (PTTC-GMEA) and Mindanao State University (MSU) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on May 30, 2023,  solidifying their commitment to collaboration and cooperation in various areas of partnership.  

The signing ceremony was attended by PTTC-GMEA Executive Director Nelly Nita N. Dillera,  CESO III and Deputy Executive Director Dimnatang M. Radia, MSU President Atty. Basari D.  Mapupuno, and MSU PMS Director Atty. Rashid V. Pandi. 

The MoU aims to facilitate joint initiatives that will enhance the competitiveness of Micro, Small,  and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) through comprehensive training, skills building, system enhancements, and technology adaptation. With a focus on research and development, the collaboration will pave the way for significant advancements in areas such as Halal food research and development. 

The collaborative activities outlined in the MoU include aligning the MSU course syllabi with the Philippine Skills Framework on Business Development, Human Capital Development, Digital Arts and Animation, Game Development, and Supply Chain and Logistics, in close cooperation with industry players. Additionally, the partnership will undertake research collaboration, including the conduct of training needs assessments and other trade-related training research projects. This will also involve co-authoring learning designs and modules to facilitate effective skills transfer and knowledge dissemination. 

As part of their joint efforts, PTTC and MSU will co-organize courses, seminars, and workshops for communities and other identified groups. These initiatives aim to empower individuals and foster inclusive growth by equipping them with essential skills and knowledge. The partnership also includes a community extension program that targets the partner communities of both PTTC and MSU. Through various outreach activities, the collaboration seeks to create a positive impact and contribute to the sustainable development of local communities.

Furthermore, the partnership will organize specialized courses, seminars, and workshops tailored to the specific needs of the respective clients of PTTC and MSU. By providing customized training programs, the collaboration aims to address industry demands and enhance professional capabilities. The MoU also encourages exploring additional collaborative opportunities as mutually agreed upon, remaining open to expanding its scope and undertaking joint initiatives that align with their shared objectives. 

This partnership unleashes the power of education and industry collaboration. As the premier trade training agency in the country, it is our mission to engage the academe in developing PSF-aligned modules and harness their expertise as Resource Persons, and possibly create a regional training hub, delivering industry-aligned courses that leave a lasting impact. We hope that this collaboration will be spread in more regions, where knowledge meets opportunity and encourages transformative growth,”said PTTC-GMEA Executive Director Nelly Nita N. Dillera. 

The MoU between PTTC and MSU represents a significant step forward in promoting inclusive economic growth and fostering the competitiveness of MSMEs. By leveraging the resources and expertise of both organizations, this strategic partnership aims to empower enterprises, enabling them to thrive in a dynamic and evolving business landscape. ♦

Date of release: 21 July 2023