Two prestigious parochial schools of Manila—Ermita and Malate Catholic Schools, tapped the Department of Labor and Employment – National Capital Region (DOLE-NCR) to provide relevant labor market information to its Grade 10 students on April 29, 2021.

Held via online platform, the activity was attended by 175 students of both schools. DOLE-NCR Senior Labor and Employment Officer Ryan Roberto E. Delos Reyes from  Employment Promotion and Workers’ Welfare Division was the activity’s resource speaker.

During the session, Delos Reyes explained the current demands of the labor market particularly on the changes relative to the health crisis; NCR’s key employment generators and its status during the height of the pandemic; and resilient jobs identified by the Department.

The DOLE-NCR representative said that among the resilient jobs are those technical and technology-based occupations. Despite the technological changes caused by the Fourth Industrial Revolution (FIRe), Delos Reyes said that the labor market would not only need highly technical professionals but also people with high emotional intelligence as customers will be more sophisticated in their demands for service delivery. He added that the latter would also be a game-changer in the future labor market.

In order to present a clear labor market view to the students, he also discussed the 21st Century Skills that are needed by the current labor market as it faces transition due to the changes brought by the health crisis. He also stressed that the pandemic hastened society’s  adaptation to technological advancements of FIRe as it is needed to progress toward the new normal.

When the legal working age was presented, the DOLE-NCR representative briefly discussed the concerns on child labor. He mentioned the provisions of Republic Act (R.A.) No. 9231 or the Anti-Child Labor Law to inform the participants about the prohibited engagement of children. He also presented the Department’s working child permit and other related programs to alleviate the conditions of the sector so as to highlight the government initiatives in addressing said concern.

In the online interaction, the students expressed their appreciation for their new learnings, as it will enable them to be guided in their choice of careers. The school officials on the other hand, also thanked the Department for the relevant information imparted to their students and articulated their desire for the activity to be replicated in the near future.

END / Ryan Roberto Delos Reyes