Tarlac City – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Tarlac Field Office and the Provincial Government of Tarlac have recently conducted a “Career Guidance Counselor’s Consultation Conference” at the Session Hall, Tarlac Provincial Government Bldg., San Vicente, this city.
It was attended by some 53 participants, mostly guidance counselors, coming from different public and private high schools in the Province of Tarlac, as well as representatives of from the LGUs and PESO Managers.
Ms. Arlene N. Tolentino, Tarlac Field Office Head, said during her welcome remarks that the seminar/workshop aims to orient high school guidance counselors on current labor statistics; programs and thrusts of DOLE and other agencies on labor and employment and career counseling; establish a career guidance counselors network; and come up with an initial action plan of the network. It was also regarded as the proper venue where specific issues and concerns were ventilated and addressed. She also said that there will be a regional consultation to be conducted upon the conduct of all the provincial consultations in the region.
Series of presentations of the thrust and programs of the different agencies followed the opening ceremonies. Mr. Ferdinand C. Capati, a representative from the DOLE Tarlac Field Office, presented the current labor situation in terms of the workforce supply and demand as well as the problems and issues confronting the workforce and the possible course of action. He then discussed the DOLE programs and projects focusing on the agency’s strategic goals and its special programs.
Meanwhile, Ms. Nida A. Duco, Tarlac Provincial PESO Manager, discussed the employment facilitation programs and services devolved by DOLE to the local government comprising of the conduct of jobs fairs, recruitment assistance, Phil-Jobnet, Trabaho Mo.. itext Mo!, GMA Job Centers/Employment Kiosks, Special Program for the Employment of Students (SPES) among others.
Mr. Nicolas Sacramento of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Tarlac, was next to present the TESDA’s mandates which include, training, scholarship and assessment and certification. TESDA training programs are either center-based (automotive, basic electrical course, welding and ref and aircon mechanic), community-based, school-based or enterprise-based or industry-based.
And lastly, Ms. Josefina Rigor of the Department of Education presented the DepEd services for the public elementary and secondary levels. Basically, the agency’s guidance services consists of: Individual inventory – record profile of students in a school; information – refers to the facts/statistics regarding the school for advocacy purposes; counseling – comprises the career orientation and planning for students; research – entails the examination of the various problems/issues to help improve the school curriculum; and placement – involves skills orientation and training for future employment. Ms. Rigor likewise disclosed an overview of the students’ potentials/inclinations and occupational interests as covered by the National Career Assessment Examination (NCAE).
Following the programs and thrusts, Mr. Capati of DOLE presented and discussed the DOLE Career Guidance Module wherein he stressed salient pointers in choosing a career. He then discussed the following concepts on career map, self-assessment in terms of skills, interests, accomplishments and work values through interest profiler, work importance profiler and the ability profiler.
To cap his discussion, he presented the results of the regional consultation on the Project Jobs Fit: The DOLE 2020 Vision as part of the career options available today. The identified Key Employment Generators (KEGS) for the Region until 2020 are identified as agribusiness/SMEs; cyberservices; hotel, restaurants and tourism; health, wellness and medical tourism; logistics; construction; manufacturing; and mining. Moreover, the results also classified the priority skills requirements, and the issues and concerns for each of the generators.
The afternoon session started with the election of the Career Guidance Counselors’ Network (CGN) Officers (2010-2011) and results provided below:
Susan P. Domingo (Birbira High School)
Dana C. De Vera (Bilad High School, Camiling)
Romeo A. Juan, Jr. (Pitombayog High School)
Jean Marie Flor Sapasap (Cristo Rey Higfh School)
Zenaida O. Samson (Eduardo Cojuangco National High School, Paniqui)
First District: Cristina I. Lagrimas (Bamban High School, San Clemente)
Second District: Salvador R. Agustin (Alvindia-Aguso High School, Tarlac City)
First District: Dhalia Merl Cenas (Sto. Niño Academy, Bamban)
Following the election of the CGN Officers was the presentation by Mr. Capati on the Employment Road Map which shows the modes of connecting jobseekers to employment opportunities, the connection process agenda, strategic activities and current challenges and where the career guidance counselors network may pitch in. The participants were then grouped according to their districts and had a simple workshop on Action planning regarding the various programs/projects/activities. The groups were asked to submit their plans to the representatives from DOLE.
Ms. Domingo, the newly-elected CGN President, was called to give her reaction to the day’s activity. Excited and overwhelmed, she said that it was he first time to be an officer of such group with having a very significant role in the society. She parted by saying that every plan will be accomplished easily if they as a group will all work together hand in hand.
Ms. Duco in her closing remarks emphasized on only one thing – that the efforts being done by the PESOs together with the DOLE is for the improvement of the quality of Tarlac’s manpower compliment, both locally and abroad, and most importantly to address the mismatch that caused unemployment and underemployment. (Ferdinand C. Capati)