Held every two years, the DOLE-NCR’s Regional Career Advocacy Congress aims to gather guidance counselors and career advocates to strengthen their commitment to career advocacy through provision of relevant vocational information to help their students and jobseekers make informed career choices. (Photos by Mark Louie Conde / IMSD Information Unit)

 

Some guidance counselors and career advocates in the National Capital Region (NCR) joined the Regional Career Advocacy Congress (RCAC) of the Department of Labor and Employment – National Capital Region (DOLE-NCR) at the Swiss-Belhotel Blulane, Sta. Cruz, Manila on September 27-28, 2022.

Held every two years, the labor department’s RCAC aims to gather said attendees to strengthen their commitment to career advocacy through provision of relevant vocational information to help their students and jobseekers make informed career choices.

In her message, DOLE-NCR Regional Director, Atty. Sarah Buena S. Mirasol stressed the importance of cascading information to its stakeholders to address the concerns of job and skills mismatch. She also highlighted the relevance of a more strengthened partnership among key players in career development amidst the evolving post pandemic job market.

Mr. Ryan Roberto E. Delos Reyes, DOLE-NCR Senior Labor and Employment Officer from the Employment Promotion and Workers Welfare Division talked about the post pandemic requirements of the labor market in terms of supply and demand; skills set needed by the six Key Employment Generators (KEGs) of NCR; and the economic drivers of the region that were identified as viable sectors.

Delos Reyes also emphasized the need to “understand the language of the computers” as a basic requirement in appreciating and coping with the needs of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. He said that the STEM (Science and Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Track of the basic education should be given serious consideration as NCR is in transition to the new normal. To offer insights and promote self-employment, he also covered the concept of entrepreneurship; emphasized the current trend on e-commerce and the growing potentials of said sector; presented data from economic fora as regard potentials of e-commerce to illustrate its prospects in the coming years; and shared stories about entrepreneurs and their struggles to make their business successful.

Guest agencies at stake with career development also discussed their respective initiatives such as the Commission on Higher Education (CHED). Its representative, Ms. Liza Libertine Magana, OIC-Division Chief at CHED-NCR highlighted the Commission’s priority courses that are aligned with the KEGs presented by DOLE-NCR.

For their part, Ms. Bianca Claudette R. Canlas, Science Research Specialist at the Department of Science and Technology – NCR shared the employment outlook in the face of technological advancement brought by the Fourth Industrial Revolution. She underscored the opportunities and challenges in the labor market, including relations between human resources and technology. Participants also learned about the DOST frontier technologies such as disaster resilience, environment, virtual reality, and smart agriculture, among others.

Meanwhile, Ms. Nina Connie Dodd, District Director of TESDA-NCR Manila shared the Technical-Vocational Education and Training (TVET) strategies in the new normal of which scholarship grants are included. She discussed the regional skills requirements as well as the industry demands that surfaced during the TVET Industry Forum. To compliment her presentation and increase interest of the participants to advocate on TVET, she also shared about the TESDA’s scholarship grants such as the “Training for Work Scholarship Program,” the “Special Training for Employment Program” and the “Tulong Trabaho Program,” among others.

As productivity is a concept that needs to be introduced to the duty-bearers and stakeholders, Ms. Jacklyn Borja, Supervising Labor and Employment Officer of the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board – NCR, was also tapped to provide information about the approach on productive career choice. The gist of her presentation focused on the intelligent utilization of resources such as knowledge, skills and attitude, occupational interests and local and global market information. She also stressed on the importance of self-awareness in making career choice as it will enable an individual to better evaluate one’s skillset and inclinations prior to occupational decision.

In order to make a holistic approach on youth intervention, DOLE-NCR also highlighted the Special Program for Employment of Students (SPES) and the JobStart Philippines Program which are the flagship interventions of the labor department that aims to increase youth employability through actual work immersion.

Overall, strengthening the provision of relevant information on the demands of the industries is pertinent to the initiative of the government to revitalize the economy of the region and the country in general. In this perspective, information derived from the key players of the economic sectors of the region should be disseminated effectively to the above said duty-bearers and key stakeholders to better equip the workforce of the future.

END / Ryan Roberto Delos Reyes