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MAP pushes policy reforms for recovery, human development

In file photo: Businesses at the Bonifacio Global City are still trying to recover from the pandemic as the government tries to balance the health of the people and the economy in its efforts to stem the coronavirus pandemic.

THE Management Association of the Philippines (MAP) is pushing for more policy reforms for economic recovery, human development and well-being and shared prosperity and sustainability this year.

Newly-installed MAP President Alfredo Pascual highlighted on Thursday the business group’s major thrusts this year during the 73rd MAP inaugural meeting and induction of MAP 2022 board of governors.

“We will put together an agenda of policy imperatives and push for their adoption for sustained recovery and continuing progress, whether through executive or legislative action. In addition, we will advocate for good governance and the rule of law in the operation of and policy implementation by relevant public offices,” Pascual said.

He stressed the need for an enabling business environment to attract more investments, raising the importance of addressing energy security, resolving foreign ownership restrictions and enhancing ease of doing business in the country, among others.

Pascual said that more private sector participation in infrastructure development can further help the country given its capital and expertise.

“More broadly, I cannot overemphasize the need to have the private sector on board as an active and dynamic participant in our nation’s quest for sustained development and growth,” he added.

As for the work force, Pascual said that looking into the education system is also necessary apart from skills training.

He said MAP must focus on higher education by promoting academe-industry collaboration, which can enhance curricula, provide apprenticeships and allow further research, among others.

“We are also considering collaborations with educational and other institutions to implement strategic programs with long-term national impact,” the MAP official said. “We are particularly interested in programs that address critical business and social concerns, such as cyber security, health, and responsible social media.”

The group will also highlight the importance of environmental, social and governance aspects in promoting sustainability.

“It is also time to push for changing mindsets towards a more productive work force and a more robust business commitment to environmental sustainability, social justice, and good governance,” he said.

Image credits: Nonie Reyes



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