Thousands are expected to join the country’s labor force in the coming months as graduation season in the Philippines begins. Just as students faced changes and challenges in the educational system since the start of the pandemic, the Department of Labor and Employment – National Capital Region (DOLE-NCR) deemed it necessary to orient and brace the would-be graduates of the changes and new norms in the world of work.

On June 16 and 20, 2022, some 314 graduating students of Taguig City University (209) and Datamex College of Saint Adeline (105) in Parañaque received employment coaching and basic labor education seminars to prepare them for the next phase of their life—employment.

The seminars were conducted in coordination with the Public Employment Service Offices (PESOs) of Taguig and Parañaque. Senior Labor and Employment Officer Ryan Roberto E. Delos Reyes and Labor and Employment Officers Ma. Allen Rose T. Carreon and Jennifer B. Fortuno served as resource speakers during the event.

Carreon and Delos Reyes, from the Employment Promotion and Workers’ Welfare Division, facilitated the discussion on employment coaching in Taguig and Parañaque, respectively. Topics include updated labor market information, current in-demand skills and occupations in the labor market, and practical tips in finding and landing a job. Said labor officers hoped that through these sessions, the prevalent job-skills mismatch in the country will be minimized, if not completely addressed, as pertinent labor market information has been cascaded to the students.

Meanwhile, to provide a more extensive labor discussion, Jennifer B. Fortuno, from MUNTAPARLAS Field Office, oriented the graduating students of Taguig City University on general labor standards, basic rights and responsibilities of workers and employers, current minimum wage, and social security coverage, among others. Accordingly, graduating students can steer clear of any unfair and illegal labor practices when introduced to one.

DOLE-NCR continues to develop and strengthen its career guidance and employment coaching (CGEC) and labor education for graduating students (LEGS) advocacies to ensure that the future entrants to the labor force will make enlightened and apt career choices and be workforce ready amid the changing times.

END / Report and photos by Mary Chelsea Espinosa