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Skills Lab

Skills Lab

The Skills Lab is a comprehensive capacity development program focused on teaching technical skills for a more effective and efficient execution of the organization’s strategy.


Risk Assessment and Management
(Aug 26-27, 2021)

Understand the role and importance of Enterprise Risk Management by learning about the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO) ERM framework. Benchmark your organization’s existing ERM activities against the framework and integrate it with strategy-setting and performance.

Digital Transformation Series
(November 4-5, 11-12, 18-19, 2021)

Equip yourself with the fundamentals of design thinking, digital transformation, and data management. Keep your organization agile and adaptable while still delivering quality services in digital spaces. Ensure organizational continuity despite the emerging challenges of digitization sped up by the ongoing pandemic.

Harmonization of the PGS with the ISO
(Nov 25-26, 2021)

Brush up on the requirements of the ISO 9001:2015,  including the Quality Management Principles, and learn more about how the Performance Governance System (PGS) can be integrated with your organization’s existing ISO mechanisms and practices.

These courses are still subject to change. For inquiries, contact our Operations Lead, Janine Medina, via

Skills Lab: Digital Transformation Series

November 4-5, 11-12, 18-19 | 09:00AM to 12:00NN | via Zoom


Digital technologies that have reshaped how organizations operate have been around for years, but they have never been more important than the present, now as every sector of society is forced to adapt to the rapid change brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. As organizations work towards establishing an online presence, e-governance and evidence-based decision making will play a key role in ensuring that use of one’s digital tools and services can be optimized to create value for the organization.

In this training, you will learn about the fundamentals of design thinking, digital transformation, and data analytics to keep your organization agile and adaptable while still delivering quality services in an online platform, as essential in ensuring business continuity amid crises.


DESIGN THINKING | November 4-5

Chief Analytics Officer

Sherwin Pelayo is the Chief Analytics Officer of Eclaro, a global business and technology consulting firm delivering top talent to clients across diverse industries. In this role, Sherwin is responsible for defining strategies to initiate and expand key digital transformation services especially in the fields of Analytics. He has been involved in similar roles at Accenture, IBM, and Teradata.

He is also a founding board member of the Analytics Association of the Philippines which was formed to take the lead in driving the growth and evolution of Analytics and other Analytics-enabled fields in the Philippines. He co-chairs AAP’s Policy, Research & Insights Council working alongside DOST, DTI, DICT, DepEd, and CHED on nationwide programs relating to Analytics and Artificial Intelligence with the goal of building the Analytics ecosystem of the Philippines.


Policy, Research & Insights Council Co-Chair
Analytics Association of the Philippines

Mr. Ibrahim recently retired as Undersecretary for Regional Operations and ICT Industry Development of the DICT. He also served as Commissioner of the then Commission on Information and Communications Technology. Before joining the government, he had a long successful career holding various executive positions in multinational companies like Fujitsu, WeServ, Siemens-Nixdorf, Comparex Germany, and Unisys Australia.

He completed a Public Sector Executive Program on Innovative Government at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy of the National University of Singapore and has been recognized and awarded for his various ICT projects in the public sector.

DATA MANAGEMENT | November 18-19

Founder, Principal Consultant, and CTO
CirroLytix Research Services

Data and analytics consultant, entrepreneur and technologist Dominic “Doc” Ligot founded CirroLytix, a social impact data analytics company and co-founded Data Ethics PH, a community focused on social issues such as data privacy, data security, AI discrimination and liabilities, digital ownership rights, and data poverty.

He is the AAP Program Lead for SPARTA, a DOST-funded project to provide 30,000 data science scholarships in collaboration with the DAP and Coursebank. Doc’s teams won the SEA Grand Prize in the Break The Fake Hackathon by USAID-YSEALI and the Best Use of Data award in the NASA International Space Apps Challenge for data-driven dengue-detection. He is also the lead analyst for the WHO-recognized global CoronaTracker initiative against COVID-19.


Skills Lab on Harmonization of the PGS with ISO

November 25-26, 2021 | 09:00AM to 12:00NN | via Zoom


The Harmonization of the PGS with ISO aims to give participants an overview of the ISO 9001:2015, the various requirements of the International Standard including the Quality Management Principles, and how the Performance Governance System (PGS) can be integrated with an organization’s existing ISO mechanisms and practices. It will also feature insights from various organizations who have successfully integrated the PGS with the ISO.


Managing Director
DPage Management Consultancy

Ms. Darlene Page-Elnar is an experienced consultant specializing in management systems (Quality, Environment, Occupational Health and Safety, Food Safety) and is well-versed in the field of quality and operations management. She draws on her expertise to guide various service companies, government agencies, and manufacturing firms in establishing, implementing, and maintaining several ISO Integrated Management Systems, Good Manufacturing Practice, and Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points of Codex Alimentarius. She is also a Philippine Quality Award (Malcolm Baldridge) qualified assessor.

She is proficient in a broad range of programs and interventions that develop the skills of professionals in several areas – from ISO to Business Process Improvement methodologies and tools. She has been involved in operational systems installations and training programs that produced remarkable results for companies and government institutions, and has proactively advocated for quality awareness in these organizations.



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