Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday said that the Department has drafted a Career Guidance Advocacy Plan for 2017-2022, which will ensure that students, parents, training institutions, and the academe will be provided with appropriate and timely knowledge on the realities of the local and global labor market.
“The Career Guidance Advocacy Plan 2017-2022 will give access to information and provide guidance about career and education or training options available to young people so that they will be able to make the most of the opportunities that are available to them,” said Baldoz.
The presentation of the Career Advocacy Plan 2017-2022 was one of the highlights in the 3rd National Career Advocacy Congress on 26-27 May 2016 at the Midas Hotel in Pasay City.
Baldoz added that the Career Guidance Advocacy Plan 2017-2022 builds from the program and activities enrolled from the previous plan. She clarified, however, that while previous approaches and joint activities will be sustained, these will be enhanced and additional projects will be included to address gaps and lessons learned by the Career Guidance Advocacy Program Working Group (CGAP WG).
The CGAP WG is composed of the DOLE Secretary as Chairperson, and the Department of Education (DepEd), Department of Science and Technology, Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), and Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) as members.
Baldoz added that the Career Guidance Advocacy Plan 2017-2022 should achieve the following for the next six years: Expanded membership of the National Career Guidance Counsellors and Career Advocates (NGCCAs) who will promote the benefits of proper career guidance; develop and provide responsive labor market information publications and researches; provide capacity building on life skills to guidance counsellors and career advocates; strengthen capacity of Public Employment Service Offices (PESOs); intensify the promotion and utilization of the PhilJobNet; and deliver and enrol programs and projects as scheduled.
The 3rd NCAC was participated in by over 400 career guidance advocates from across the country’s 17 regions. It is aimed at capacitating career guidance advocacy allies with up-to-date LMI and trends in the global and national contexts; update the guidance counsellors and career advocates with new concepts and strategies for career guidance in the 21st century; recognize the potential of career growth in guidance and counselling; identify the roles of different stakeholders, including the private sector, in promoting career guidance advocacy; and identify the role of different stakeholders, including private sector, in promoting career guidance.
The 3rd NCAC featured lectures, panel presentations on career guides, and open forums. Fourteen resource speakers, with expertise on labor market trends, careers in key employment generators, careers in guidance and counselling, and employability and career success, delivered their lectures during the Congress.