The Department of Labor and Employment – National Capital Region joined the 27th year celebration of the founding of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) on August 25, 2021. Dubbed as the National Tech-Voc Day with the theme “Pagbangon, Pag-asa at Pag-abante sa Bente Syete,” TESDA aims to provide opportunities and facilitate employment in the midst of recovering from the COVID-19 health crisis.

TESDA’s Director General Isidro S. Lapeña graced the occasion and mentioned the importance of skills development as the country is progressing towards the new normal. The same was echoed by its Regional Director, Florencio Sunico, Jr. The latter also expounded his message by giving emphasis on the importance of a strong linkage with other government agencies so as to ensure an effective link between the labor market’s demand and supply chains.

Ryan Roberto E. Delos Reyes, DOLE-NCR Senior Labor and Employment Officer of the Employment Promotion and Workers Welfare Division provided relevant labor market information on the hiring practices in the new normal. Delos Reyes highlighted the region’s key employment generators and the effects of the different levels of community quarantines imposed in the region in relation to NCR’s demographic profile.

Delos Reyes also presented tips in acing employment particularly on the use of online platform as being adept with technology is the current game changer in the pre-employment phase. He encouraged the participants to be proactive in preparing their application letters and online portfolio requirements as well as in answering job interview questions. He likewise gave information on possible questions that maybe asked by an interviewer; most are situational questions that are related to the current condition of the country under the COVID-19 pandemic.

DOLE-NCR has always been invited in TESDA’s annual activity as partner in human resource development and employment facilitation. DOLE-NCR also serves as one of the government agency members of the Regional Technical Education and Skills Development Committee (RTESDC) and is likewise involve in the provision of relevant labor market information to the NCR Alliance of TVET Schools Association (NCR-ATSA).

END / Ryan Roberto Delos Reyes