The first batch of the blended training course for trainors entitled Business Continuity Management Training of Trainors (BCM TOT) was held last 19-23 March 2018 at the Madison 101 Hotel + Tower in Quezon City. This course is a product of the Institute’s continuing productive partnership with the Humanitarian Leadership Academy Philippines (HLA), also in coordination with the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA).
The BCM course is customized by HLA and UP ISSI for the Community Development Specialists of CDA. With the country being at the center of disasters, planning to mitigate risks is a must to minimize losses and still continue with the cooperative services or production. Hence, one of the objectives of the BCM course is to assist the continued operations of cooperatives at less time disruptions using the three vital elements: resilience, recovery, and contingency. The BCM TOT is designed as a blended course, with an online pre-work module via Kayaconnect.org, coupled with face-to-face lectures on BCM by experts on the field and micro teaching of the participants as a
demonstration of their effective facilitation skills.
The BCM TOT course is envisioned to be a yearlong engagement to be held in various regions in the country, subsequently creating a pool of trained trainors to roll out the BCM to cooperative members nationwide. The first batch produced a total of 24 trainors from regions 1-5, the Cordillera Administrative Region, the National Capital Region, and the CDA Central Office. The second batch is scheduled in April 2018, with the venue tentatively set in Cebu City.