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DOLE-1 steps up career advocacies for graduating students


As thousands are expected to join the country’s labor force starting the end of the first quarter, or pursue higher education, the Department of Labor and Employment-Regional Office I has stepped up its career guidance advocacies for graduating students. 

Starting February this year, the labor agency has reached 13,846 graduating students across the region through its various services under its Career Guidance Advocacy Program or CGAP.  Of the number, 8,467 are secondary students, while 5,379 are at the tertiary level.  Some 190 parents of the covered high school students also participated in the career advocacies. 

“We continue to strengthen our partnership with our educational institutions to intensify our career coaching and labor education for graduating students. They are expected to join our labor force or continue higher studies to ensure that they make enlightened career choices and shorten their transition from school to work,” DOLE-1 Regional Director Nathaniel V. Lacambra said. 

He said the activities are part of DOLE’s thrust of addressing the problem of job-skill mismatch by shaping the minds of both students and their parents regarding the most in-demand occupations, including emerging industries that will have greater absorptive capacity in the next years.  The DOLE aims to make them understand which courses to take to be able to land in jobs the fastest with their earned degrees, he told. 

According to the Regional Director, the DOLE works with a network of guidance counselors and coaches composed of different agencies and guidance counselors from both private and public educational institutions.  This aims to generate and exchange labor market information with all concerned sectors then disseminate them to intended end users such as students and parents.  

“The Network ensures an up-to-date labor market information and a comprehensive dissemination to all targeted clients, taking into consideration the demands of our present educational system brought primarily by the K to 12 program,” he said.

He said more career advocacies are lined up this April until June in various colleges and universities in eastern and western Pangasinan and Ilocos Norte.  

“More CGAP activities will be conducted all throughout the year because developments in the labor market happen so fast.  Our role is to make sure that all these will be put to good use by all our stakeholders and clients,” Director Lacambra said. END/Arly Sta. Ana-Valdez with reports from INFO, ISFO, LUFO, EPFO, CPFO and WPFO.

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