The Department of Labor and Employment – National Capital Region (DOLE-NCR) conducted a career guidance seminar to career advocates and grade 10 learners during the District Career Convergence in Pateros National High School on June 17, 2022.

With the deferment of school activities in view of the government’s response to mitigate the spread of the communicable disease, the event initiated by Pateros National High School and in cooperation with the Municipality of Pateros’ Public Employment Service Office (PESO) is the first ever face-to-face career advocacy in Pateros since the start of the pandemic. It was held in two sessions where some 427 students and a few career advocates from various schools namely Pateros National High School, Pateros Maria Concepcion High School, and Mayor Simplicio Manalo High School actively participated.

The shifts and changes brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic has certainly called for an intensified dissemination of timely Labor Market Information (LMI) through DOLE’s Career Guidance Advocacy Program (CGAP) to effectively help students in pursuing sound decisions in their respective courses and career paths.

Ryan Roberto E. Delos Reyes, Senior Labor and Employment Officer of the Employment Promotion and Workers’ Welfare Division was tapped to be the resource speaker for the event. Delos Reyes presented the region’s updated LMI under the new normal.

In order to present a clearer labor market view, he particularly discussed the present-day condition of the region’s key employment generators (KEGs), which are crucial as these determine the sectors and industries which will generate jobs in the next months and years.

Likewise included in his presentation are the in-demand skills and occupations of the different sectors and industries in NCR. Delos Reyes stressed that the pandemic has hastened the Fourth Industrial Revolution (FIRe), a technology-driven change that is reshaping and redefining jobs in the labor market. Although it creates great opportunities in the creation of new jobs and industries, conversely it also poses risk of putting manual tasks into obsolescence resulting in job displacement and mismatch.

To help narrow the gaps present in the labor market, Delos Reyes highlighted that our workers need to focus on upskilling and retooling in order to stay competent and keep up with the various changes and adjustments in the labor market.

To end his discussion, Delos Reyes touched on the changes in hiring and shared practical tips and techniques in job seeking. He then highlighted the importance of having a holistic career guidance approach and widespread career advocacies to reach more students and provide them with a clear picture of the needs and trends of the labor market.

CGAP is one of the flagship programs of DOLE, which seeks to help students in making informed career choices so they could easily land gainful employment after completion. DOLE believes that it is crucial to cascade responsive LMI to various stakeholders to ultimately address the persisting problem of unemployment due to job and skills mismatch in the labor market.

END / Mary Chelsea Espinosa