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LSPU initiates strategic futures thinking plan

The Laguna State Polytechnic University (LSPU) has taken a proactive step in ensuring its long-term success in the ever-evolving educational landscape through the conduct of the “Introduction to the Process Strategic Foresighting” with Philippine Futures Thinking Society at the CHMT Function Hall of LSPU-Sta. Cruz Campus (LSPU-SCC), June 18.

The orientation aimed to bring together 130 key officials and employees to identify the University’s priorities and areas for improvement in preparing the LSPU Strategic Plan. By fostering open discussion and collaboration, the orientation sought to develop a comprehensive plan that will enhance educational quality, mitigate potential risks, and ensure its continued relevance in the dynamic field of education.

The LSPU Planning and Development Unit took the lead with the help of the Philippine Futures Thinking Society, the country’s leading professional futures organization which advances and democratizes futures thinking through impact foresight education, research, training, and advocacy.

Engr. Beltran P. Pedrigal, Vice President for Administration, encouraged the participants to contribute in establishing the data which will form the basis for the future plans of the University. 

Meanwhile, Engr. Maricel M. Matuto, Planning Officer, said that the strategic futures planning will bring the LSPU to the next level, especially its vision and mission. 

“Strategic foresighting is vital in the academe to navigate the evolving educational landscape, anticipate emerging trends, and prepare students for future challenges. And likewise, it is to ensure long-term success and relevance in a rapidly changing world,” Dr. Eden C. Callo, Vice President for Academic Affairs, said. 

Ms. Christine Fernandez-Reyes, one of the resource persons, provided an orientation on the principles and practices of futures thinking. She explained that futures thinking is an approach to strategic design that considers what is likely to change, what could happen, and what we can make happen.

Mr. Emmanuel De Guia, Resident Futurist of the Philippine Senate Committee on SDGs Innovation and Futures Thinking, shared the practices and initiatives of the Committee among different State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) across the country in the past years by trying to let them know what futures thinking is all about and help them project their futures. 

Meanwhile, Ms. Jalaine Joyce V. Malabanan emphasized the critical importance of integrating futures thinking into all organizational processes. To assess or identify whether individuals prioritize short-term or long-term considerations when making decisions. A short-term answer would need the mainstream of futures thinking, as per Senator Pia Cayetano.

Moving forward, the Philippine Futures Thinking Society, consultants for the LSPU Strategic Plan, will be meeting with selected LSPU officials and unit heads in July for the next part of the strategic planning workshop.