Cascading the right information regarding the labor market is key to the efficient delivery of the career guidance initiatives. It serves as bridge to ensure that the youth and the jobseekers will have informed career choices in preparation for their eventual entry to the world of work.

In two separate occasions, the Department of Education (DepEd) invited DOLE-NCR to serve as the resource person in its orientation and capacity building activities. On January 30, 2020, DepEd-NCR held the Regional Stakeholders Convergence on Sustaining Partnership for Social Development and the National Training of Trainers for Grade 10 Career Guidance Program Module for Luzon Cluster. DOLE-NCR Senior LEO Ryan Roberto E. Delos Reyes represented the Office.

The first activity was attended by the region’s School Superintendents and their assistants, principals, school heads, and partners in the local government and private sectors. The activity aims to determine the initiatives for partnership with the Education Department and the private sector as well as the commitments from the other National Government Agencies. On the other hand, the second activity was geared towards the development of modules for the last year of junior high school.

In both activity, Delos Reyes gave the regional labor market situation and the skills needed by the identified key employment generators of the region. “People skills are very much needed as customers or clients are becoming more sophisticated in their demands. As such, excellent service delivery is on top of the lists among the deliverables expected from the region’s workers,” he said.

Delos Reyes also mentioned the changes in the labor market brought by the Fourth Industrial Revolution (FIRe). “Robotics and artificial intelligence are products of FIRe. It is clear that technological advancement will redefine jobs in the coming years. Given this, we must prepare our workforce for its impact in the labor market,” he said.

During his presentations, Delos Reyes also discussed, among others, the concerns on child labor, youth unemployment and underemployment, and the emerging jobs in the labor market in line with FIRe.

The activities are in line with DOLE’s commitment to cascade relevant information about the labor market to the partner implementers and duty-bearers so as to address job-skills mismatch and harness the potentials of the workforce for the country’s development.

END / Ryan Roberto Delos Reyes