Koronadal City, South Cotabato, Mindanao – Armed with a blessing from DOLE-BLE, SFI Group presented the project details of the Philippine TalentMap© Initiative (PTMI), among the twenty five (25) PESO managers from the different field offices in the Philippines. The project is an initiative that will be conducted by SFI Group, in coordination with DOLE-BLE and PESO field offices (FOs). Seventeen (17) cities within the National Capital Region (NCR) will be participating in the pilot implementation, while the selected provinces will be on the roll-out.

Mr. Luis Alberto Anastacio, President and CEO of SFI Group of Companies acquainted the participants on the philosophical underpinnings of the initiative vis-à-vis the current trends and issues of the workforce. He has also given snippets of the other projects conducted by SFI Group in Bataan and shown how important the linkage is among schools, industries, local government units (LGUs) and communities in implementing a program to address the issues and problems of the present workforce. Ms. Gina Jusay, Programs and Operations Head of SFI Career Center, strengthened the statements of Mr. Anastacio through the presentation of the steps, procedures and specifics of the project. Meanwhile, Mr. Richard Monteverde, Senior Career Coach and Head Researcher of SFI Group answered a few questions regarding the initiative’s end-in-mind, together with Mr. Anastacio.

After the activity, reactions on issues like funding benefactor(s), schedule of implementation, partnerships with schools and other institutions, management of multiple workloads, were among the concerns raised by some of the key individuals from the PESO group. Nevertheless, everyone was looking forward for the project’s roll-out to some of the provinces. To show their excitement, some even shared valuable insights on how the project can build upon the findings, specifically be replicated and implemented on a wider scope and be contextualized, in consideration with the scope and limitations of some localities.

Finally, Ms. Vissia Marie P. Aldon, current President of the PESO Map Inc., and PESO Manager of Makati field office, thanked the guests from SFI Group and affirmed the project’s pilot and roll-out, NCR-wide and province-wide, respectively.