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Regional Career Advocacy and Capacity Building for CALM Members

The Department of Labor and Employment conducted a two-day Regional Career Advocacy and Capacity Building for the members of the Career Advocates Life Coaches and Mentors on 9-10 August 2017. Also in the activity are the PESO personnel and Employment Focal Persons of the Field Offices.

In the welcome message of Regional Director Henry John S. Jalbuena, delivered in his behalf by Mr. Ryan Roberto E. Delos Reyes, Sr. LEO of Employment Promotion and Workers Welfare Division, the need to keep the CALM members abreast with the current labor market situation of the country is among key factors to address the issue of job and skills mismatch wherein the youth are the most vulnerable. He also mentioned the coordination of DOLE-NCR with the other agencies that has a stake on youth development so as to include peripheral issues that affect youth decisions and their chances in the world of work in general.

A wide array of topics was presented and discussed by the resource speakers that covered youth interventions on programs and services, education, sexuality, and adolescent development. Ms. Leila Legayo and Ms. Cynthia Tolentino took charge in presenting Jobstart Philippines Program and Special program for Employment of Students, respectively. Mr. Delos Reyes on the other hand, revisited the Issues and Recommendations of the Project JobsFit, the labor market study of DOLE.

Technical-Vocational Education was also discussed by Mr. Zoilo Galang of TESDA and Dr. Horacio Montefrio, IETI President. The Philippines Qualification Framework and the different programs under said educational track were given emphasis by the speakers as a way of being informed and well-versed in delivering career services. Ms. Joyce Hilvano, OIC-Assistant Regional Director of Commission on Population-NCR discussed the adolescent growth that stressed the importance of understanding the present generation, youth’s mindset and their sexual development as key in narrowing the generational gaps.

A common denominator in the presentations and discussions is the need to develop the youth’s life skills or soft skills so as to prepare them in both local and global labor market arena. The participants expressed their profound enthusiasm to DOLE-NCR for conducting the activity as it enabled them to gain better understanding the of the youth’s prospects and perspective. The conduct of said activity is in line with the thrust of the administration in decreasing unemployment in the country and harnessing the youth’s potentials for economic growth.


By: Ryan Roberto E. Delos Reyes, Sr. LEO, EPWW

Dir. H. J. Jalbuena
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