A Focused Group Discussion (FGD) of APO Grantees was conducted by the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP)—APO Liaison Office last November 29, 2012 in Pasig City. Attended by Alumni or Grantees of the Asia Productivity Organization (APO) projects, the FGD aimed to review/assess the outcome of the grantees’ participation to APO projects in order to come up with suggestions on how to improve the services of the APO, and the DAP-APO Liaison Office.
A total of 19 grantees from the public and private sector participated and shared the impact of the APO courses in their own profession. Among the said participants is Engr. Elisier Fantillo, Professor, Mapuá Institute of Technology. Mr. Fantillo, a recipient of APO training on Material Flow Cost Accounting (MFCA) in Tokyo, Japan, said that as an engineer, he is someone who’s into the improvement of things and that the course redefined what improvement really meant. Because of the course, he was able to pioneer the recent improvement of the curricula in the University.
Other grantees suggested that a website be established so that there could be a platform for networking among co-participants. According to them, this will help enhance and strengthen the coordination with one another, and also enable sharing of the learnings from the course.
In closing, DAP Vice President and APO Liaison Officer for the Philippines Mr. Carlos Sayco Jr. extended his sincere gratitude to the grantees who attended. He was thankful for the enlightening feedbacks, and is looking forward for more active participation by the group.