Human capital investment is one of the key strategies in ensuring a promising future with continuous education of the duty bearers and stakeholders as primary consideration. It is a way to ensure the undisrupted flow of relevant information and transfer of technical know-how to fuel the progress that is inevitable. As such, duty-bearers such as the Department of Labor and Employment – National Capital Region (DOLE-NCR), keeps on fulfilling its mandate on human capital investment by capacitating agencies with stake on education and human development.

On 26 February 2021, the Department of Education (DepEd) – NCR’s Field Technical Assistance Division tapped DOLE-NCR for its “Orientation on Technical Assistance Provision in Preparing Junior and Senior High School Learners for Career Tracks/Opportunities.” The session was attended by 242 school personnel of DepEd-NCR. Senior Labor and Employment Officer Ryan Roberto E. Delos Reyes of the Employment Promotion and Workers Welfare Division represented DOLE-NCR in said activity.

In his presentation, the DOLE-NCR representative highlighted the adverse effects of the COVID-19 pandemic to both the region’s economy and employment and later stressed the need to cope and adapt to the new normal. Participants were also informed of the skills needed in line with the Fourth Industrial Revolution (FIRe), such as cognitive thinking, leadership, flexibility, and creativity. He further stressed that said skills are among the needed traits from the workers and the new entrants to the labor force; hence, the need for the students to develop and hone their skills in response to the demands of time. 

He also discussed the potentials and perils of the FIRe such as complementation to labor, creation of new jobs, disparity in employment, and redefinition of jobs. Amid today’s uncertainty brought by the health crisis, he emphasized as to how the current generation will harness the potential of technological advancement—either finding ways to cope with the changes entailed by Industry 4.0 or wallow in the traditional ways. He then discussed the contributing factors that are reshaping the labor market, which includes individual choice, client sophistication, and demographics management.

To holistically provide relevant information to the participants, the DOLE-NCR resource speaker also discussed relevant tips in acing employment in the new normal, particularly on the use of online platforms. 

Majority of the DepEd-NCR’s teaching personnel thanked DOLE-NCR for sharing the key labor market situation in the region, which they find helpful to guide their students on their career paths.

The activity was followed by localized sessions for DepEd Pateros attended by 88 personnel from both private and public schools, DepEd Valenzuela with 100 participants, DepEd Pasay with 25 attendees, and DepEd Makati with 50 participants.

The provision of labor market information is part of the mandate of DOLE as among the agencies spearheading the recovery initiatives of the government through manpower development.

END / Ryan Roberto Delos Reyes