CLARK FREEPORT -- The Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) in Central Luzon recently hosted a career advocacy congress here.
The 5th Regional Career Advocacy Congress (RCAC), which carried the theme, "PH 4.0 Preparing for a Digital-Ready Workforce," was in line with the thrust of the labor agency to make career advocates from different institutions join together in steering the youth towards the work field.
Dole-Central Luzon chief Ma. Zenaida Angara-Campita said about 128 career guidance counselors and advocates from the Department of Education and private institutions, officers of the Central Luzon Career Guidance Network (CLCGN), personnel from different Public Employment Service Offices (Peso), representatives from partner agencies, and various stakeholders joined the congress held last September 11 at the Royce Hotel.
Mylene Huarda, pitching in for Jayson Hernandez, president of CLCGN, introduced the upfront changes and challenges in the Fourth Industrial Revolution (FIRe).
"FIRe is transforming existing patterns of production, consumption, work organization and human interaction, at some risks. As what others say, it puts us on great risk to employment, incomes, personal security, and inclusivity," Huarda said.
Dr. Shiela Marie Hocson, director of Guidance and Counseling from Far Eastern University, tackled the role of career guidance and employmen coaching in shaping the future workforce.
Meanwhile, Evangeline Avinante from the Bureau of Local Employment (BLE) discussed the 2022 Labor Information Report and the Philippine Qualifications Network as an avenue to minimize the risks of job loss and mismatch.
Avinante also mentioned emerging industries in the country that include renewable energy and shipbuilding/repair. Meanwhile, future in-demand jobs are business process/data analyst, mobile app developer, and design engineer, among others.
Other highlights of the activity include the discussion of the Automated Guideway Transit Prototype and New Academic Program in Railway Engineering of Bataan Peninsula State University, orientation on Republic Act 11230 or Tulong Trabaho Act, updates on the Department of Science and Technology’s programs and initiatives, and a presentation on the status/accomplishments of the CLCGN.
Dole-Central Luzon Assistant Director Geraldine Panlilio thanked the participants for supporting their agency in preparing young people as they enter a digital and globally competitive world.