With the emerging types of jobs that require technologically-adaptive skills set, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) convened the career counselors and other human resource development professionals in the country to track an advocacy plan that will attune the jobseekers and workers to a digitally driven workforce.

At the 4th National Career Advocacy Congress in Legazpi City over the weekend, DOLE Bicol Regional Director Ezequiel R. Sarcauga said the labor department’s career advocacy program will enable the youth to make sound decisions about learning and work.

“Access to information and guidance about the future careers available to young people is also an important factor in ensuring they are able to make the most of the opportunities that are available in the labor market today,” Sarcauga said.

He also underscored the need to keep in step with ‘Industry 4.0’ or the Fourth Industrial Revolution which is defined by new technologies that combine the physical, digital, and biological worlds, such as artificial intelligence, 3D and 4D printing, quantum computing, and autonomous vehicles.

“The onset of Industry 4.0 has made lives more convenient with the production of optimal goods and the provision of quality service through an online transaction, such as paying bills, booking flights, shopping online,” he said.

Alongside these changes, Sarcauga added, are the evolving skills requirements necessary to produce quality outputs and services that respond to the demands of the workplace and labor market.

Citing International Labor Organization’s ASEAN in Transformation Report, he said technological upgrade and innovations could have a significant impact on jobs in the next two decades. About 49 percent of employment (which is over 18 million jobs) is estimated to face a high risk of automation in the Philippines.

Meanwhile, Bureau of Local Employment (BLE) Director Dominique Tutay said that with the roll-out of the Career Guidance Advocacy Plan 2018-2022, students, teachers, jobseekers, out-of-school youth (OSY), parents, training institutions, academe, and Public Employment Service Office are provided with appropriate and timely knowledge on the realities of the labor market especially with the full implementation of the K to 12 or enhanced basic education law and the ASEAN Regional Integration.

“We also need to review and evaluate existing career development framework related policies and practices on career guidance in the Philippines; propose for the establishment of the National Career Development Center and Career Development Divisions in government, academic and training institutions,” Tutay said.

The Advocacy Plan also aims to build capacities of PESO managers and career employment coaches on career advising services for individuals across ages; and strengthen awareness on Fourth Industrial Revolution, considering the dynamic changes in the labor market and trends of future of jobs.

#END/ GSR

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