As the region progressed towards the new normal amidst the health crisis caused by the mutation and transmission of the coronavirus, relevant information serves as a bridge that is crucial to one’s survival. Having the right and adequate information will enable one to adopt and thrive in the current situation.

On August 16, 2021, the Department of Labor and Employment – National Capital Region provided an avenue to cascade timely information about the region’s present-day labor market condition. Duty-bearers from the Public Employment Service Office, Department of Education, local network of career advocates, and representatives of private schools attended the activity. The activity, held via Zoom platform, was facilitated by the personnel of the Employment Promotion and Workers Welfare (EPWW) Division.

In the Opening Message of Atty. Sarah Buena S. Mirasol, Regional Director, she gave the current regional employment situation and emphasized on the importance of providing relevant information so as to narrow the gaps in the labor market and address the concern of job and skills mismatch especially as the region is transitioning to the new normal. She also highlighted the need to evaluate previous commitments and develop a more comprehensive approach to the Career Guidance Advocacy Program in order to create measures that will contribute to the enhancement of the employability of Filipino jobseekers.

Ryan Roberto E. Delos Reyes, Senior Labor and Employment Officer (LEO) of EPWW, presented the background of the Department’s mandate on the Career Guidance Advocacy as well as the bases for its conduct. Allyson Lorraine Arceo, LEO II, presented the region’s labor market in the face of transition to the new normal. Likewise included in the presentation are the situation of the region’s key employment generators.

The employment under the Services Sector was also discussed. During the Open Forum, the participants highlighted the importance of having a holistic career guidance approach so as to provide a clear picture of the needs of the labor market. As such, the attendees requested for a module on entrepreneurship to be used in the conduct of seminar advocacies for both the levels of high school and graduating tertiary students. Participants of the activity expressed positive review of the activity as well as DOLE’s roles in the conduct of the seminar advocacies. They also thanked the Department for the timely updates of labor market information that proved to be very useful and valuable in the delivery of career guidance services.

The Career Guidance Program is one of the three pillars of employment together with Employment Facilitation and Labor Market Information and is crucial to cascading appropriate information to various stakeholders.

END / Ryan Roberto Delos Reyes