Labor Assistant Secretary Dominique Rubia-Tutay shares a candid moment with the participants of
the APO’s Training Course on Foresight for Public Sector Organizations

Labor Assistant Secretary Dominique Rubia-Tutay attended the May 2021 Asian Productivity Organization’s (APO) Training Course on Foresight for Public Sector Organizations with representatives from Bangladesh, Cambodia, Fiji, India, Iran, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Turkey. Together with Assistant Secretary Rubia-Tutay as Philippine delegates were representatives from the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), and Department of Science and Technology (DOST).

The course aims to equip participants with fundamentals of strategic foresight and develop the ability of public-sector organizations to undertake foresight-based strategic planning anticipating and creating the future. Foresight Experts from Australia, Anita Sykes-Kelleher and Marcus Barber, served as resource persons for the duration of the course. The three-day course, from 25-27 May 2021, was conducted via Zoom form 01:00PM to 04:00PM Philippine time.

According to ASec. Rubia-Tutay who attended an APO training for the first time, the course caught her interest as it would help her in the employment recovery efforts of the DOLE under the New Normal. The COVID-19 pandemic and the acceleration of the Fourth Industrial Revolution has brought apparent changes to the labor market posing serious challenge to the department’s implementation of recovery programs.

The well-managed course provided participants with practical exercises in the utilization of foresight in day-to-day activities. Practical tools like horizon scanning and scenario thinking provides means for public sector organizations to view and respond to strategic issues more effectively. Acknowledging key drivers of change can help response implementers leaders arrive at strategic courses of action that are efficient and quickly executed.

Key takeaways from the three-day course include the value of providing alternative decision-support to management, increased agility in the execution of decisions, and planning and programming with flexibility based on the various scenarios or images of the future created in the process.

Asec. Rubia-Tutay shared that the course helped in her preparation of recommendations before the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases. Moving forward, the practical tools of applying foresight in strategic planning will aid her in fulfilling her duties as Labor Assistant Secretary and Concurrent Director of the Bureau of Local Employment.


END/JBorjal/27 June 2021