The aim of the Economic Development and Academic Programs (EDAP) office is to promote trade and commerce between the Philippines and Georgia and build and manage meaningful linkages with educational institutions in the two countries. The EDAP is a hub that provides information to both public and private stakeholders in the areas of commerce, finance, and the academe.
To date, the EDAP has been successful in introducing the Georgian market to several major Philippine companies and has fostered two major academic exchange programs, between Caucasus University and its partner institutions in the Philippines, Lyceum of the Philippines University and San Sebastian College – Recoletos.
Heading the EDAP is Mr. Norman M. Camungol, A graduate of the Ateneo Graduate School of Business, he was the president of the Production and Operations Management Association of the Philippines in 2004 and also served in various capacities in the Board of Directors from 2001 to 2012.
Mr. Camungol is a resource person for the Philippine government in the areas of industrial efficiency, specifically in total productive maintenance Norman also served as an industry consultant for the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority in 2002. In 2008, along with several prominent personalities, he co-founded the Private Sector Disaster Management Network, the private sector counterpart of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council. In 2010, the Philippine Council of Deans and Educators in Business conferred the title Fellow of Business Education to Mr. Camungol for contributions made to Philippine business education.
Mr. Camungol is currently the Vice President of Automation & Systems Resources, a firm he jointly runs with his father. Prior to this company, he worked for GMA-7, a major Philippine television network, and at the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company in his capacity as an engineer.