For the second half of the year, ISSI staff presented in a number of local and international conferences, highlighting the programs and results of research studies conducted by the Institute.
“Communities of Practice for Entrepreneurship: Building Forward towards a Better Normal”
Ms. Glennis S. Uyanguren and Ms. Allysa Anne M. De Guzman presented at the 4th Colleges and Universities Public Service Conference (CUPSCon) on October 22, 2021. Themed “Public Service in Time of COVID: The Role of Academic-Community Partnership in Addressing the Challenges of a Global Pandemic”, the conference centered on the significant role that partnerships between the academe and other institutions have played in the fight against COVID-19 and in empowering and building resilience amidst the global pandemic. Ms. Uyanguren and Ms. De Guzman presented the Institute’s COPE Program, which brings entrepreneurship education to the people, particularly to communities who have lesser access to such social service through formal education. Citing the program as a proof of people’s collective strength through shared learnings and experiences, Ms. Uyanguren and Ms. De Guzman discussed how partnerships among various sectors – such as the academe, MSME sector, public agencies and private institutions – contribute to efforts to build forward particularly in this time of pandemic.
“Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Women in the Informal Economy in Quezon City”
Ms. Melanie V. Cabotaje presented at the UP Center for Women’s and Gender Studies Research Dissemination Forum “Site of Convergence: Weaving Tapestries of Knowledge” on August 31, 2021 at 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM. Ms. Cabotaje presented the findings from the study of the Research Division, “Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Women in the Informal Economy in Quezon City”. While the study reinforces what existing literature states about the gendered impacts of disasters, it also equally recognizes the agency and leadership of women in the informal economy. In her presentation, Ms. Cabotaje emphasized that when provided a supportive environment, proper tools and ample opportunities, women in the informal economy can come up with innovative solutions that will help them and their enterprises/livelihoods thrive through this crisis, as well as lead in building sustainable and resilient communities.
“Lessons Learned from Enterprises Dealing with Compound Disasters”
The UP ISSI HANDA Program Management Team – Ms. Joanna Rose T. Laddaran and Ms. Glennis S. Uyanguren – presented at the Asia Risk and Resilience Conference 2021 on August 19, 2021. Ms. Laddaran and Ms. Uyanguren in their presentation, “Lessons Learned from Enterprises Dealing with Compound Disasters”, discussed how compound disasters adversely affect the life, property and socioeconomic activities of MSMEs. Citing the case of business concessionaires who were still recovering from a major fire incident in 2018 and are now suffering from the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent quarantine restrictions, Ms. Laddaran and Ms. Uyanguren highlighted the need for an Enterprise Resilience Program for MSMEs in the Philippines. It also presented an analysis of the available support programs provided by the government, private sector, and other supporting agencies and institutions related to disaster risk reduction, and the sustainable recovery of MSMEs.
“Inclusivity in Business Continuity and Supply Chain Resilience: Lessons from Philippine MSMEs”
Ms. Joanna Rose T. Laddaran presented at the BCI World Horizons 2021 Conference on June 17, 2021. In her presentation “Inclusivity in Business Continuity and Supply Chain Resilience: Lessons from Philippine MSMEs”, Ms. Laddaran emphasized the need to ensure that Business Continuity Management (BCM) awareness and capacity-building programs are inclusive, localized, and context-based for MSMEs. She also put forward key recommendations on how to gain commitment of MSME owners and employees in embedding business continuity and enterprise resilience practices in their organization. The BCI World Horizons 2021 Conference was virtually conducted on June 16 – 17, 2021 with the theme, Facing the Future Together. The Conference centered on how business continuity and resilience professionals deal with the new challenges and the changed world we now live.
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