(From left) Micah Ellah Felizardo, Kali Yantrel Martin, Dayanara Villanueva, and April Melody Talusig at the convention
Students from the University of Baguio (UB) have participated in the 16th American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines Business Leadership Program held at the Asian Institute of Management in Makati last April 17–26.
Micah Ellah Felizardo, Kali Yantrel Martin, and April Melody Talusig represented UB in the event, which gathered students from different schools in the country.
Part of the activity is the business plan presentation, in which Martin and Talusig, along with their teammates from other schools, finished third.
In the competition, the participants were tasked to develop a social enterprise plan focused on agricultural innovation. Martin and Talusig chose Baguio’s waste management problem, which, according to their proposal, involves the city’s food waste being converted into organic fertilizer for the local farmers’ use.
The ten-day program immersed the student participants in company visits and discussions with industry leaders and political figures, one of which was graced by Vice President Leni Robredo. The participants had also the opportunity to sit down with United States Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim, as well as visit the US Manila Embassy to learn about bilateral relations. Moreover, they were given the chance to take the Test of English for International Communication or TOEIC to measure their proficiency in the English language.
The leadership program aims to “inspire future generations of committed Filipino business professionals who will make a positive difference in the country and in the world."
Thirty-one students composed the 16th batch of the program, who were rigorously selected from a pool of over 200 applicants. – Kali Yantrel Martin