Joanna Rose T. Laddaran is a University Extension Specialist of the University of the Philippines Institute for Small-Scale Industries (UP ISSI), a part-time Senior Lecturer at the UP College of Education, and Director for Public Sector Relations of the Business Continuity Managers Association of the Philippines (BCMAP). From 2014 to 2022, she has facilitated Business Continuity Planning capacity-building workshops and awareness sessions for over 3,000 individuals from micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs); cooperatives; agribusinesses; and local government units, among others.
Joanna was named as the “Continuity & Resilience Professional in the Public Sector” in the BCI Asia Pacific (APAC) Awards in 2020 and 2021. She was also a recipient of the UP Diliman 2021 Gawad Tsanselor sa Natatanging REPS or the Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Research, Extension, and Professional Staff (REPS) – Extension Cluster.
Joanna started being involved in business continuity planning when she was chosen as one of the three staff of the University of the Philippines Institute for Small-Scale Industries (UP ISSI) to be among the Philippine delegates in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Train-the-Trainer Workshop on Promoting SME Business Continuity Plans in Taipei in August 2013.
In 2014, she helped develop the UP ISSI’s MSME Business Continuity Planning Training Program. She conducted workshops and awareness sessions for over 3,000 MSME owners and employees, members of cooperatives and agribusinesses, and local government units, among others. In 2018, the UP ISSI’s BCP Training Program was renamed to Honing Agents for National Disaster Awareness (HANDA) Program: Disaster Preparedness and Business Continuity Planning for MSMEs. This program aims to develop a culture of preparedness, and focuses on business resilience building by safeguarding employees, customers, and assets, among others. Through this program, she was able to contribute by writing some publications such as the UP ISSI Smart Business Guide on How to Prepare a Business Continuity Plan (2018), the HANDA Manual: Business Continuity Planning for MSMEs (2019), and the UP ISSI Smart Business Guide on Promoting Well-being Initiatives among MSMEs (2021).