This was confirmed by UNC Chairman Felicito C. who also said that due to the strong global demand for Filipino talent from the information technology-BPO and other industries, the Ayala Group ventured into the education space through the newly formed subsidiary Live IT Global Services Management Institute (LGSMI).
Based on their published report, LGSMI’s vision of “education for employability” is to deliver “high quality, affordable education that can significantly enhance the potential for employment of students from the mass market, by equipping them with real-world skills through programs designed in close partnership with prospective employers. They (LGSMI) are seeking to invest in or partner with existing schools or build new schools in both basic education and higher education,” Payumo, a former Bataan Congressman, added.
In 2012, LGSMI teamed up with the Jose Rizal University and rolled out LGSMI’s “professional employment program,” which trains college seniors through workplace simulations and internships with leading employers, including the majority of the Ayala-owned companies.
The UNC is a premier university in Southern Luzon centrally based in Naga City, Camarines Sur. It opened its branch here in this first-class Bataan town last March 2014. The university is located in a land area in Barangay Rizal which was formerly occupied by the Northern Bataan Institute (NBI) where Payumo and other known officials in the said town finished their secondary education.
Former Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) President, Atty. Federico Pascual is Payumo’s business partner at UNC Bataan Campus. Founded by Dr. Jaime Hernandez in 1948, UNC has grown to become one of the leading institutions of higher learning in the country.
The University has one of the biggest student populations in the Bicol region and offers courses from Kinder to Graduate levels. All course offerings are recognized by the government and the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Education and Commerce are accredited by the Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities Commission on Accreditation (PACU-COA). Its College of Engineering and Architecture is now one of the few regional centers for technological education in the Philippines.
“The Ayala Corporation wants to buy our University but we might settle to sell only the 51% of our stake to them,” Payumo said.
Meanwhile, the UNC-Bataan Campus is also scheduled to partner this year with Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) for its technical skills training courses such as travel management, housekeeping, culinary arts, bartending, eco-tourism, welding, electrical course for industrial building, steel fabrication, plumbing and rigging.