Pushing for Progress with the Future Movers Programme

While many businesses and organizations found their operations stalled or cancelled in the face of a global pandemic, time stops for no one, and the vulnerable internally-displaced persons in Marawi, Philippines continue struggling to rebuild their home. The Future Movers Programme consortium, consisting of a private-public partnership between ASSIST, the Colombo Plan Staff College (CPSC) the German Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GPCCI), and TÜV Rheinland, had to re-examine the planned project activities and how we could best serve the youth in post-conflict Marawi.

Moving all activities to the digital sphere posed a few difficulties, particularly in terms of engaging directly with the programme beneficiaries. But, ASSIST and our project partners rose to the challenge. The Industry Placement Committee was formed with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Holcim Philippines, Alay Balay, MARADECA (Maranao People Development Center), PCA (Philippine Construction Association). Various knowledge assets were created to support future project activities – including training manuals, and educational videos. Additionally, numerous events were organized to initiate and reconnect with the program’s stakeholders, with much more planned for 2021. 

Featured on the Jan-Mar 2021 issue of ASSIST Now newsletter. Read the latest issue here.