The two-day summit held forums on employment trends in Southeast Asia
De La Salle University (DLSU), through its De La Salle Model United Nations Community, recenty organized the two-day summit FORSEA: ASEAN Youth Career Summit 2021 (AYCS 2021). The summit’s purpose was to create awareness among participants on the job market, career opportunities, and employment trends in Southeast Asia. Participating multinational companies, embassies, and organizations helped expand participants’ understanding of business, diplomacy, and economy in the region.
DLSU President Br. Bernard Oca kicked off AYCS 2021with a call for the commitment to lifelong learning. He reminded youth to participate in virtuous “Learn-Earn” cycles, then presented a video that served as a reminder in surviving and thriving in a volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous (VUCA) world.
Other keynote speakers included H.E. Kung Phoak (Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN for ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community), Rosanna Llenado (CEO of AHEAD Learning Systems), and Brandon Lee (Group Director of Workforce Singapore).
AYCS 2021’s launch day saw Devcurate CEO and Founder Aanas Ali and Boldr Impact Manager Glo Anne Guevarra demonstrate their expertise in professional development in facilitating workshop sessions to harness the ASEAN youth’s promising skill sets and value systems as assets for their professions.
For Day 2 of AYCS 2021, organizers presented a Corporate Panel forum featuring leading businessmen and world-class corporate executives who contribute to global economic and societal developments in the ASEAN community. The panel included Atty. Fredieric Landicho of Deloitte Philippines, Victor Osman of Dreamaxtion, Kenny Hutomo of L’Oreal Indonesia, and Aaron Sitosta of Kodego.
AYCS 2021’s third and final Corporate Panel forum was put together to instill corporate social responsibility (CSR) in the ASEAN workforce during and post-COVID-19. Abe Lozada of Launch Garage, Alyssa Garma of Garma Farm, Beatrice Nacor of Superchido, and Atty. Fredieric Landicho of Deloitte Philippines comprised this forum’s set of panelists.
Participants also heard inspired talks from a Global Affairs Panel forum. Philippines Vice President H.E. Leni Robredo encouraged youth to take part in forging a society that is fairer and kinder, more compassionate, more humane, and more inclusive. Project Lead of THRIVE Project Morris Fideli highlighted the importance of supporting the youth to build a better future through inclusive education and decent employment and career development opportunities. And Global Millennial Group CEO Muflih Dwi Fikri discussed the role of ASEAN youth in the future world of work.
Founding President of IDEAS His Highness Tunku Zain Al-’Abidin Ibni Tuanku Muhriz of Malaysia, Office of Public and Cultural Diplomacy Asec. Eduardo Menez, Philippine Ambassador-Designate to South Korea H.E. Maria Therese Dizon-De Vega, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Office of ASEAN Affairs Marian Jocelyn Tirol-Ignacio, and Department of Labor and Employment Officer III Wilmer Pasague led panel discussions on exploring career paths in the ASEAN diplomatic sector during COVID-19, and fostering crisis-resolution skills and social awareness among ASEAN diplomats, policymakers and public officials.