On May 9, 2019, University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines (USTP) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with USAID Science, Technology, Research and Innovation for Development (STRIDE).

Ms. Lera Fay Cotiangco-Dela Rama, Director, Career Center and Industrial Relations, presented the current challenges faced by the USTP CDO Career Center, such as the reach of the center’s services, and the readiness of students based on actual feedback from employers.

The MOA signing also served as a venue to openly discuss the future programs and undertakings of the Career Center, including steps on addressing the skills mismatch, as well as maintaining a competitive edge against other schools in the Philippines.

Dr. Rosalito Quirino, OIC President, signed the MOA with Dr. Richard Abendan, Chief of Party, STRIDE Program. University key officials, as well as STRIDE representatives, were present to witness the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement.

The signing of the MOA followed after a four-day training headed by the USAID STRIDE team.