Tony Tan Caktiong, Eusebio Tanco team up to reinvent agri-education
STI Education Services Group and Jollibee Foods Corp. founder and chairman Tony Tan Caktiong have entered into a partnership aimed at boosting agricultural education in the country.
Under the agreement, STI ESG and Tan Caktiong will establish an academic institution offering agricultural courses as well as programs on managing quick service restaurants that are focused on developing the technical and entrepreneurial skills.
With this venture, STI ESG and Tan Caktiong hope to create more business and employment opportunities.
“My experience in JFC has given me unique perspectives on the challenges and importance of having a consistent and reliable supply of high-quality agricultural products. I am excited with this collaboration as it will help to uplift the agricultural and related sectors through education, another potential means for us to contribute to nation-building,” Tan Caktiong said.
Recent studies show the average age of farmers is 57 years old, which raises alarm over the possible future gap in human resource requirements for agriculture and poses a threat to food security and sustainability, unless a new generation replaces the current farmers, who are expected to retire in a decade or so.
“While there are many multifaceted factors that affect food security and sustainable development in agriculture, education plays a critical role in changing mindsets and remains to be a key element in addressing these threats and challenges,” said Eusebio Tanco, chairman of the executive committee of STI ESG.
STI College -Tanauan in Batangas will be the initial vehicle for their joint collaboration.