By Zen Trinidad
CALAMBA CITY, Laguna, Sept. 4 (PNA) — The Laguna College of Business and Arts (LCBA) in this city through the Linkages and External Affairs (LES) inked an agreement today (September 4) with its second batch of partners in its connectivity program.
The new partners include the city’s Solid Waste Management Task Force (SWMTF) office, city’s Environment and Natural Services Office (ENRO) and representatives of the community and business sectors. The memorandum of Agreement (MOA) was signed at the LCBA Multi-Purpose Hall.
”Today is an extra-ordinary day,” said Dr. Maricris Unico, PhD, Linkages and External Affairs (LES) director. “We are celebrating a morning of positivity and connectivity”.
Dr. Unico meant of connectivity as collaborative and supportive partnerships of the college with the City Government of Calamba through its departments as well as city villages, civil society organizations and business community including the Philippines News Agency (PNA) which exercises the same passion of helping others.
Fernando Llamas Busuego III, LCBA president said the “thrust of the school is to reach out and open up the school to the outside world” realizing that the school is part of the bigger community thus forming the Linkages and External Affairs department in charge of the partnership and collaboration with other stakeholders in the community.
”We form partnerships with the companies because we want to be able to know what kind of competences and skills they need so that we can prepare our students for the working life outside,” he said. “Also we can learn from companies what other forms of improvement points in terms of personality development, and other developments we will need for our students. We also ask the companies for training,” he added.
Moreover, Busuego talked about the other thrust of the school in improving the quality of education and the quality of its products – the service of education to the students – as a continued effort of building based from the strong foundation the school has established in the past.
As embodied in the agreement, the partner industry shall hire qualified On-the Job trainees from LCBC; scholarships or financial assistance to LCBA; consider LCBA graduates for its vacancies; provide resource speakers to LCBA for topics relevant to its operations; skills enhancing programs to teaching staff through faculty exposure program, practitioners teachers program and industry round table series.
On the other hand, LCBA shall endorse students for On-the Job training; assist partner industry in recruitment and pooling through posting job vacancies in it premises and online; and automatically send the profiles and contact details of its graduates to the partner industry. (PNA)