Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday predicted that the conduct of the Career Guidance Week on an annual basis will deliver a lasting impact to hundreds of thousands of students trooping to colleges and universities, as well as to technical-vocational institutions, in terms of guiding them towards right career choices.

“I boldly predict this: the annual conduct of the Career Guidance Week, a milestone in labor market information delivery, will give our students a fair idea of the labor market. The idea they will acquire from the activity will surely steer them to relevant careers,” Baldoz said, as she ticks off the accomplishments of the DOLE for 2013 in LMI delivery.

“It is the first time that we conducted Career Guidance Week this year across all regions, and we are enthusiastic about what we observed. Students are upbeat about their future as workers when they get a fair and clear idea of what awaits them,” she said.

The Career Guidance Week is a component of the convergent Career Guidance Advocacy Program spearheaded by the Human Development and Poverty Reduction Cluster of the Cabinet.

The Department of Education (DepED), in collaboration with the CGAP Working Group composed of the DOLE, Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Department of Education (DepEd), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Professional Regulations Commission (PRC), and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), led launching and conduct of the first Career Guidance Week at the Tagaytay National Science High School, Sungay West, Tagaytay City on 22 July 2013.

Institutionalized under the DepEd’s D. O. 25, S. 2013 which declares the observance of the Career Guidance Week, Baldoz said the direction of one’s career path can be strengthened in the presence of career advocacy program that defines various jobs which are considered marketable.

“The conduct and observance of Career Guidance Week in all high schools is meant to prevent too much waste of resources in producing graduates in the tertiary level, as well as in technical-vocational level who could not meet the requirements–qualification standards–of the labor market,” she added.

In preparation for the Career Guidance Week, public and private guidance counselors, principals, school superintendents, teachers, and other career guidance advocates attended a two-day Capacity-Building Seminar-Workshop hosted by the Professional Regulation Commission at the Occupational Safety and Health Center in Quezon City last 12-13 September 2013.

“Talent is an important component in ensuring long-term competitiveness of countries. While the Philippines still needs to address a couple of gaps to maximize the participation of its labor force, I am glad to say that we are on the right track,” Baldoz said at the recent National Human Resource Summit.

“Our partners’ strong cooperation, not just for the year that is about to close, has made the country advance a step closer to improving employment generation and overall competitiveness the Philippine workforce,” she said.

The Summit presented the updated JobsFit LMI report: 2013-2020, as well the Career Guidance Advocacy Plan: 2013-2016. It also served as venue to induct into office the new officers of the National Federation of Career Guidance Advocates of the Philippines (NFCGAP), tasked to oversee all the activities of regional networks of guidance counselors which the DOLE has been carrying out since 2008.

“I thank all our partners, public or private entities, in helping us end the year on a high note. Hopefully, we will collectively move with sustained action so that inclusive economic growth and sustainable development can be fast achieved,” Baldoz finally said.

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