Roxas City-based tech hub ties up with Globe for internship portal

Spring Valley, an integrated technology and innovation hub based in Roxas City in the province of Capiz, has signed an agreement with the business arm of Globe Telecom for the establishment of an internship and job-matching website called OJTPH.com.

Spring Valley CEO Jonathan De Luzuriaga. Photo from his Facebook page.

Aiming to bridge the academe-industry gap by connecting students to the right companies for their on-the-job training (OJT), the platform allows students, educational institutions, companies, and other organizations to register and get connected.

At OJTPH.com, students can outline their specific knowledge and skills — information that companies can use in order to get the best match for their business requirements.

The site also enables students to have more options in choosing the companies that match their chosen field and get relevant experience in the appropriate industry.

Spring Valley CEO Jonathan De Luzuriaga, as president of the Philippine Software Industry Association (PSIA) and trustee for the IT and Business Process Association of the Philippines (IBPAP), is familiar with the challenges of the academe-industry gap that plagues the Philippines.

Seventy percent of the country’s talents come from the provinces, and 30% come from Metro Manila. However, most companies are in the capital city, preventing talents in the provinces from getting much-needed relevant experience in their chosen field, unless they are some of the lucky few who can afford to move to the big city as a student.

“Most of IT and computer science students become OJTs in government offices or other companies with very generic services – and they end up spending their time photocopying, becoming messengers, or worse – making coffee for the officers,” said De Luzuriaga.

“In Spring Valley, talent development is a major advocacy. We want to stop creating order takers and start creating hard-core IT professionals who can compete with world-class IT talents around the globe. This project addresses the need to create a platform which will connect students to the best companies to hone their skills and help them thrive, instead of just survive, in the real world,” he added.

Globe myBusiness, Globe’s small and medium enterprise (SME) arm, is providing the boost to ensure that OJTPH.com gets traction nationwide.

“Globe myBusiness continues to lead the way in the country’s digital transformation by preparing students as early as now to be ready for the future,” said Derrick Heng, Globe myBusiness head.

“The partnership will strengthen and enhance the country’s student internship program as well as on-the-job training, the best way to equip college students with the necessary tools to carve a brighter future in the IT sector.”

Created by the Spring Valley Crew — De Luzuriaga’s team of software developers and innovators composed of local Capiz talents — the OJTPH.com platform is just one proof of the wealth of talents in the countryside.

The same group also creates and maintains several software, Internet of Things (IoT) projects, games, and other products and services for various companies and organizations in the Philippines.

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