The Department of Labor and Employment will lead the 3rd National Career Advocacy Congress, which will highlight the contribution of conduct of the career guidance providers in achieving inclusive growth through decent and productive employment, Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday said.


Baldoz said more than 400 career guidance advocates from across the country’s 17 regions are expected to attend the 3rd NCAC which will be held from 26 to 27 May at the Midas Hotel in Pasay City.


“The 3rd NCAC will show how career guidance impacts upon the achievement of the national goal of inclusive growth through massive generation of quality employment and substantial reduction of poverty,” said Baldoz.


The goal the 3rd NCAC is to enable the career guidance advocacy harmonize with up-to-date labor market information and trends in the global and national contexts; and update guidance counsellors and career advocates with new concepts and strategies for career guidance in the 21st century.


The Congress also aims to 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.


“We are looking forward for another fruitful exchange of ideas and best practices with our career guidance counsellors and advocates. The two-day event will serve as a venue for guidance counsellors, career advocates, and various stakeholders to be more actively involved in sharing experiences and expertise, which will benefit our youth in choosing right careers,” said Baldoz.


The Congress is also aimed at assessing the accomplishments of the Career Guidance Advocacy Program-Working Group (CGAP-WG) according to the activities enrolled in the Career Guidance Advocacy Plan.


During the event, the DOLE will also present the draft of the next medium term agenda of CGAP, the Career Guidance Advocacy Plan 2017-2022.


The 3rd NCAC will feature lectures, panel presentations on career guides, and open forums. There will be 14 resource speakers, with expertise on labor market trends, careers in key employment generators, careers in guidance and counselling, and employability and career success, who will speak at the Congress.


An LMI display market has also been organized to provide a venue for highlighting major projects, products; and information, education, and communication materials on LMI and career guidance advocacy.


Participants in the 3rd NCAC include representatives of concerned agencies, key industry players, employer and worker groups, members of the Network of Guidance Counsellors and Career Advocates (NGCCA), and other private and public guidance counsellors and coordinators.


DOLE spearheads the occasion in cooperation with partner-agencies under the Cabinet-level Human Development and Poverty Reduction Cluster, namely, Commission on Higher Education, Professional Regulation Commission, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, and the Departments of Education and Science and Technology.



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