To prepare the youth in responding to the varying employment trends and provide responsive labor market information, the Department of Labor and Employment – Occidental Mindoro Field Office (DOLE OccMin) in collaboration with the Department of Education – Occidental Mindoro Division Office and other working group members from Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Technical Education Skills and Development Authority (TESDA), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), and Public Employment Service Office (PESO) conducted a one and half-day Provincial Career Guidance Advocacy Program (CGAP) on September 5-6, 2019 at Occidental Mindoro State College (OMSC) Conference Room in Brgy. Labangan, San Jose, Occidental Mindoro.

DOLE OccMin Field Office Head Mr. Carlo B. Villaflores emphasized during his Opening Remarks the importance of the career guidance program together with the Public Employment Services Office (PESO) in helping the students to decide on which career path to take after graduation and in the end, lessen the shifting of courses in the middle of their college years.

Attended by 55 guidance counselors/ career advocates all throughout the province, the activity serves as an avenue to exchange ideas and good practices when it comes to career guidance.

            Among the topics discussed for the whole session were: (1) “Developing the Future Workforce: Government Perspective” by Ms. Julienette Lorica, Planning Development Officer of DepEd whereas she discussed the role and challenges that lies within the guidance counselors in developing the future workforce; (2) Career Planning and Labor Market Information which was presented by Ms. Jen Carla A. Cruz of PESO Office- San Jose wherein she discussed the roles of PESO in disseminating Labor Market Information and assisting the guidance counselors in supporting the future workforce in career planning. On the other hand, Mr. Albert Delgado from Plan International discussed the (3) “Role of PLAN International in Shaping the Future Workforce and their Programs and Support to the Youth”. Ms. Ethelwilda Coronacion of DOST also discussed the (4) Role of DOST in Developing the Future Workforce through Science and Technology as she presented the programs, services, and scholarship grants that each student may avail in exploring their careers and interests in the field of science and technology. On the other hand, Ms. Nornita Guerrero of DTI inspired the participants on some of the successful stories of entrepreneurs in the province and how DTI helped them to achieve their dreams through (5) Developing the Future Workforce in the Industry Perspectives.

Another highlights of the activity was the election of the new set of officers for the Occidental Mindoro Career Advocates Network which was composed of the following:

Position Name Of Officer Name Of School
President Ms. Aida Corpuz San Jose NHS
Vice President Mr. Mark Angelo Salvador Paluan NHS
Secretary Ms. Mona Liza Lactaoen Sablayan
Treasurer Ms. Jessie Santiago Magsaysay NHS – Main
Auditor Ms. Charmaine Kate Gasmin Mangarin NHS
P.R.Os Ms. Luz Alfaro Cabacao NHS
Ms. Sarah Atencio Central NHS

            Elected officers took their oath before the DOLE OccMin Field Office Head and a short meeting followed to discuss their plans and programs for the remaining period of 2019 and in preparation for the upcoming school year.

            By strengthening the Career Guidance Advocacy Program in the province, it signals that the youth will be effectively provided with relevant information that could guide them in making informed career choices. With the use of our career advocates, we can carefully and efficiently guide our students in choosing the right careers for their future.

End/Gener L. Francisco