Angeles City – Subic-Clark Alliance for Development (SCAD) hosted a workshop in partnership with several State Universities and Colleges in Central Luzon on March 1, 2023, aimed at formulating a Human Resource Development Policy for the Subic-Clark Corridor. The event sought to address the growing need for a comprehensive HR policy to guide the recruitment and management of employees in the area, given the increasing number of businesses and industries operating in the Subic and Clark Freeport Zones.
The event was attended by representatives from various State Universities and Colleges of Central Luzon who provided their expertise in the fields of HR management, labor relations, and policy formulation. At the event, SCAD’s Executive Director Atty. Amee Fabros welcomed the participants and thanked them for positively responding to the call for collaboration to realize SCAD’s vision.
EnP. Jerico D. Namoro, SCAD’s Director for Policy, Plans, and Programs, provided the participants with a brief overview of SCAD and its crucial role in the development of Central Luzon during the morning session. He emphasized that SCAD should not be viewed solely as an institutional structure but as an essential regional development strategy. Namoro highlighted that SCAD’s initiatives and objectives are designed to promote sustainable economic growth in the Subic-Clark Corridor and drive progress in key areas such as infrastructure, investment, and competitiveness. Therefore, it is essential to recognize SCAD’s role as a catalyst for regional development and to support its efforts to drive change in the region.
The morning session also included a presentation on the Detailed Human Resource Development Interventions for CFZ, SFZ, FAB, and Selected PEZA Zones, a study conducted in 2018 by Dr. Art Figueroa of the Holy Angel University. Dr. Figueroa discussed the issues and concerns identified in the study and the recommendations to address them.
In the afternoon session, attendees discussed various topics such as employee compensation, benefits, and working conditions, as well as issues related to recruitment, training, and development of employees. The discussion was guided by the goal of developing a policy that would promote the welfare of the employees while also addressing the needs of the businesses operating in the area.
The event was considered a success, with attendees expressing their appreciation for the opportunity to contribute to the formulation of the policy. The next steps involve the drafting of the policy document, which will be reviewed and finalized by the stakeholders in the coming months.