The Taguig-Pateros Division of City Schools of the Department of Education – National Capital Region, held its “Re-Upskilling of Senior High School (SHS) Focal persons cum Career Advocacy and Inclusive Education” at the Signal Village National High School, Taguig City on October 20, 2022.

The aim of the activity is to capacitate the SHS focal persons on the changes in the labor market and its appropriate career tracks. With this, DOLE-NCR was tapped to guest as resource speaker as represented by Mr. Ryan Roberto E. Delos Reyes, Senior Labor and Employment Officer of the Employment Promotion and Workers Welfare Division and Program Manager of Labor Market Information and Career Guidance.

During the discussion, Mr. Delos Reyes emphasized the importance of strong career advocacy to enable the students and jobseekers to have informed career choices hence, the relevance of the convergent activity. He also highlighted the needed occupations that was surfaced during the conduct of the regional JobsFit research such as animation and its related fields, chemists and nutritionists for food manufacturing, multi-lingual frontline personnel, and highly-technical IT personnel for cybersecurity. Further, the skills set preferred by the region’s key employment generators were also presented such as Decision Making, Organizing, Social Perceptiveness, English Functional and Comprehension, and Math Functional; among others.

Mr. Delos Reyes also presided the conduct of the entrepreneurship session to present both career pathways to the participants. In his presentation, emphasis on preparing the legwork prior to entrepreneurial engagement was discussed as key component to business success. This includes knowing the customers and the market, establishing networks, and promoting a culture of sufficiency by knowing the business cycles.

The activity is one of DOLE-NCR’s ways of reaching out to its stakeholders in career services. For 2022, DOLE-NCR has also reached PESO and schools personnel in the National Capital Region and other regions through the same initiative.

The convergent approach on providing capacities in the delivery of career guidance has been a pillar of the Department’s commitment to address the persistence of job and skills mismatch. Being at the forefront of the interventions for human resource development and poverty reduction, the Department has been tirelessly advocating and implementing policies and programs that will respond to the said initiatives.

END / Ryan Roberto Delos Reyes