CALAPAN CITY, OR. MINDORO – On 06 October 2022, the Department of Labor and Employment MIMAROPA hosted the 7th Regional Career Advocacy Congress with the theme: β€œLEARN. ADAPT. THRIVE: RISING ABOVE EMPLOYMENT CHALLENGES OF POST – PANDEMIC FUTURE”. This is in partnership with the Career Advocates of MIMAROPA Inc. (CAMI). Participants were the PESO Managers, Career Advocates and students from the different provinces of MIMAROPA.

Topics discussed were:

  1. Mental Health Program for Guidance Counselors by Mr. Mark Solo III of Divine Word College of Calapan;
  2. Labor Market Outlook and CGAP Plan 2022 – 2027, video presentation by Mr. Jill Borjal of Bureau of Local Employment;
  3. DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP) by Ms Lesly I. Romero.
  4. Updates and Action Planning of Career Advocates of MIMAROPA by Ms. Marie Joyce Manahan.

The program was graced by Calapan City Mayor Marilou F. Morillo, welcoming the participants to her jurisdiction. β€œWelcome everyone especially to the career advocates and students. Maraming salamat sa pagpili sa Calapan City as your venue for the Career Congress. Maraming salamat lalo sa DOLE MIMAROPA at sa mga participants natin na patuloy na nagsusumikap upang maguide natin ang ating mga kabataan sa pagpili ng tamang career upang mas mabilis at mas masaya silang makakapagtrabaho”, she said in her message.

DOLE MIMAROPA Regional Director, Naomi Lyn C. Abellana, delivered the Message of DOLE Secretary Bienvenido E. Laguesma. β€œLet me extend my warmest greetings and advanced congratulations for organizing this RCAC. Through this convergence initiative, we are able to further empower guidance counselors and career advocates to utilize career guidance as an instrument to approach the challenges in the world of work by providing appropriate information on career trends, education, and training opportunities available for the youth.

The Department is also banking on the digitalization of employment facilitation servicesa and skills training prorams to increase reach and ensure that timely and relevant labor market information is accessible and readily available”, he said.

The Career Guidance Advocacy Program (CGAP) is one of the convergent programs [i.e., Review of Education and Training Curriculum (K to 12), Development of Philippine Qualifications Framework (PQF), and Optimizing the Utilization of the PhilJobNet] approved under the Human Development and Poverty Reduction Cluster of the Cabinet in 2011 that seeks to address the pressing issue of job-skills mismatch.

END/FULBERT PAUL W. PUKIAS