SEAMEO Discusses Partnership and CSR in Southeast Asia

Tuesday, 11 February 2020 |




Dialogue participants from the private sector include multinational companies and prominent private corporations based in the Philippines such as Intel Microelectronics Philippines, Inc., Coca-Cola Foundation, Metrobank Foundation, and Manila Water Foundation.

Mr Mario Deriquito, Undersecretary for Partnership and External Linkages, Department of Education, Philippines presided over the opening of the three-day event and delivered a keynote message highlighting the importance of a strategic CSR. He shared the Philippines Department of Education ™s strategy in engaging the private sector in the effort to engage the citizenry and other government agencies in promoting education in the country. Among others, he highlighted the Department ™s formula for engagement which is encapsulated in 3 Ps, namely: Practice, Promotion and Partnership.

The meeting sessions were facilitated by Professor Louie Divinagracia, Dean, Faculty of Business and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Universitas Pelita Harapan, Surabaya, Indonesia.

During the discussions, SEAMEO Regional Centres shared practices and experiences in planning and implementing CSR activities. Key success factors were identified particularly those which resulted in positive impact to the target communities. Identified guiding principles for a good CSR include focusing on sustainable human development, having a œthink and act Southeast Asia  mindset, observing ethical behaviour and practices, and ensuring that commitment could be measured against set goals and principles. With these principles, specific SEAMEO strategies for engaging partners were determined and agreed upon by the participants.

The three-day meeting is in support of the SEAMEO Strategic Plan 2011-2020, particularly the initiative on Partnership for Business, Social Responsibility and Promoting Southeast Asian Living Culture. With this initiative, it is expected that the expertise and resources of SEAMEO Regional Centres could be harnessed further to promote human and social development in Southeast Asia, as well as strengthen the long-term relationship of SEAMEO with its stakeholders.

Highlights (Video Clip) of the SEAMEO Learning Session on Co-Creating Shared Value for SEAMEO Centres and the Southeast Asian Region: Conversations on Corporate Social Responsibility, 27-29 May 2013, at SEAMEO INNOTECH, Philippines.

 
Mr Mario Deriquito, Undersecretary for Partnership and External Linkages, Department of Education, Philippines delivers a keynote message highlighting the importance of a strategic CSR.   H E Br Armin A Luistro, FSC, Secretary, Department of Education, Philippines visits the participants and takes part in one of the sessions.

 

 
Dr Ramon Bacani, Centre Director,  SEAMEO INNOTECH welcomes the participants during the Opening Session   Dr Witaya Jeradechakul, Director, SEAMEO Secretariat delivers opening remarks.

 

 
Prof Louie Divinagracia presents the concept of CSR and partnership   Representatives from SEAMEO Regional Centres and the Secretariat share best practices on the implementation of their respective Community Involvement Programmes

 

 

Participants visit the Culiat Elementary School in Quezon City, Philippines, an adopted school
of SEAMEO INNOTECH

 

 

Representatives from private companies share their CSR activities during the Networking Session

  Participants share ideas and practices on how to sustain projects for the community