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Over 50,000 studes benefit from DOLE's career guidance, counseling
By: Oliver T. Baccay
Wednesday 9th of October 2013

TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan, (PIA)--Some 56,025 graduating students of 274 high schools of Region 2 underwent  the career guidance and counselling training of the Department of Labor and Employment Region 2 (DOLE 2).

Atty. Sixto T. Rodriguez Jr., regional director, in his report to Labor Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz covering the period of January to September of this year, said the career guidance and counseling activity is a relevant intervention with the goal of reducing jobs-skills mismatch that could cause unemployment and underemployment.

“There are job vacancies in the labor market that are hard to fill-up because of unavailable skills.  With this kind of intervention, it is hoped that high school students, after their graduation, will be properly guided in choosing their college or vocational courses in order to get better job or engage in livelihood or self-employment undertakings that is required by the economy,” the lawyer Director said. 

Reginald Estioco, information officer, said in Isabela, DOLE recorded 33,702 students who  participated in the career guidance and counseling while Cagayan had 11,999.  Quirino, on the other hand, registered 5,849 attendees, 4,220 for Nueva Vizcaya, and 255 students for the province of Batanes.

Estioco explained that the DOLE’s career guidance and counseling is conducted in partnership with the Public Employment Service Office (PESO) Manager of the Municipal Local Government Units, and guidance counselors of the concerned schools. 

“Some sessions are also attended by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority to discuss the potentials of technical-vocational courses as employment drivers,” Estioco said.

He also said that in some schools, the principals invited parents of the fourth year high school students to attend the activity because of their influence in choosing a career for their children.

Among the topics discussed during career guidance and counselling sessions were labor market information including hard-to-fill and highly-in-demand occupations, factors to consider in choosing a career, and pre-employment tips. 

Some programs of the DOLE like Special Program for the Employment of Students and Anti-Illegal Recruitment campaign are also tackled.

This October, DOLE in partnership with DepEd, scheduled a training for high school Guidance Counsellors.  The objective, Estioco said, is to equip the guidance counselors with information so that they can properly guide the students in choosing a right career. (TCB/OTB-PIA 2,Cagayan)


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