Career advocacy congress held

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Tuesday, May 14, 2013


CITY OF SAN FERNANDO - The Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) Regional Office recently held its first Career Guidance Advocacy Congress at the Colegio De Sebastian in this city.

The congress, themed "Follow the Guide. Tag a Career. Like the Future," aimed to address unemployment and jobs mismatch in Central Luzon.

It was conducted in partnership with the Central Luzon Regional Career Guidance (CL-RCGN) Network, Department of Education, Commission on Higher Education, Department of Science and Technology, and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority.

"This Congress is geared towards sustainable, strengthened partnerships, and cooperation among its stakeholders, through exchanges of relevant labor market information trends and updates, sharing of best practices, and promotion of career guidance as a tool for youth development," Dole regional director Raymundo Agravante said.

He said more than 250 guidance counselors and coordinators from the different public and private schools all over the region also actively participated in the whole-day congress, where in-demand jobs in the region, based on the Dole's Project Jobs Fit 2020 Vision, were discussed.

Dole assistant regional director Geraldine Panlilio lauded members of the CL-RCGN and partner agencies for their effort in strengthening the promotion of career guidance in the region.

"Your job as guidance counselors in your respective schools is a Herculean task of nation-building as our country, being considered now the 'Rising Tiger of Asia,' would have to join forces in order to help our young students choose careers which will not only help them land jobs in the future but will also help the country, particularly Central Luzon, to be equipped with the right skills the industries require in order to boost our economy," Panlilio said. (Jovi T. De Leon)

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on May 15, 2013.

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