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A commitment to continuous enhancement

“Learning is a continuous process and for DOLE-NCR it is a commitment”, said in the Welcome Remarks of Regional Director Henry John S. Jalbuena during the Regional Career Advocacy Congress delivered in his behalf by Mr. Ryan Roberto E. Delos Reyes, Sr. LEO of the Employment Promotion of Workers Welfare Division. “It is a commitment to ensure that the members of the Career Advocates Life Coaches and Mentors will be equipped with right information and proper knowledge to cope with the dynamics of changing time”, he continued.

During the activity, topics on the Life Skills Training and the Implementing Rules and Regulations of the JobStart Philippines Program were presented and discussed so as to promote said program and advocate on the importance of providing relevant youth intervention especially to those who are under the category of “not in education, employment, and training” or out-of-school youth; identified to be vulnerable among the youth sector. Ms. Charlene A. Lleva and Mr. Nick D. Romano of the Bureau of Local Employment presented the JobStart program.

The importance of promoting health and safety practices among the youth was given by Ms. Katherine B. Brimon, National Project Coordinator of SafeYouth@Work Project of the International Labor Organization, so as to raise the consciousness of the youth on health and safety standards. The subject is also in line with DOLE’s Labor Advisory 9 s. 2017 in ensuring safe workplaces for Senior High School under work immersion of the K to 12 Program. Also presented were the different approaches in determining and addressing issues of child labor and its worst forms. Mr. Andrew V. Caranzo of the International Justice Mission and Ms. Yheleen P. Veso of World Vision raised the level of understanding and appreciation of the participants on said concerns.

Dr. Luzviminda S. Guzman, Chairperson of the Guidance and Counseling Board, discussed RA 10912 or the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Act much to the delight of the participants. She likewise stressed the importance of the long-term value of CPD as life-long investment that will ensure the capabilities of the professionals to keep pace with the current standards in the field. She also emphasized that in return, CPD ensures that knowledge and skills are maintained and enhanced in the delivery of professional services.

A new set of Regional CALM Officers was also elected by the members. The results are as follows:

• President: Ms. Jocelyn Antipala, RGC (CAMANAVA)

• External Vice President: Ms. Pricila R. De Guzman (CAMANAVA)

• Internal Vice President: Ms. Diana G. Malijan (MANILA)

• Secretary: Ms. Monalyn A. Ebuengan (PAPAMAMARISAN)

• Treasurer: Ms. Maridel J. Rafael (PAPAMAMARISAN)

• Auditor: Ms. Nicefora N. Morco (MAKATI-PASAY)

•Business Manager: Ms. Eleanor B. Buduan (MUNTAPARLAS)

• PRO: Ms. Victoria A. Contreras (MUNTAPARLAS)

The activity is the second Regional Career Advocacy Congress of NCR. The first was on 9-10 August 2017. The members of CALM expressed their profound gratitude to DOLE-NCR for having activities that enable them to learn more, grow in their profession and effectively deliver the mandates of their work.

Ms. Elvira Padilla of Taguig commended DOLE-NCR saying “I’m really glad that DOLE have seminars that caters to youth concerns. The social issues they presented and discussed really affect the lives of the youth particularly on exploitation. This should be shared to our students and colleagues to raise their awareness.”

“It is commendable on the part of DOLE in providing us with this kind of activity as it involves the welfare of the youth”, said Ms. Doris Vivian Canlao of Pateros. “We are looking forward to strengthen our partnership with DOLE”, she said.

By: RYAN ROBERTO E. DELOS REYES Sr. LEO, TSSD-EPWW

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2017-11-10
Dir. Henry Jalbuena
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