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The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Regional Office IV-A, through its Employment and Welfare Division conducted the 7th Regional Career Advocacy Congress in partnership with the National University- Laguna (NU Laguna) on December 7, 2022 with the theme, Learn. Adapt. Thrive: Rising Above the Employment Challenges in the Post-pandemic Future.”

Over 180 Career Guidance Advocates from CALABARZON attended the 1-day Congress, with the theme, Learn. Adapt. Thrive. True to its theme, the activity aimed to impart the audience new information and strategies that would help them prepare future workers adapt and thrive to the dynamic labor market. The activity was graced by DOLE Assistant Secretary for Employment and Human Resource Development Atty. Paul Vincent W. Añover.


In his keynote address, Atty. Añover remarked the need to adapt to a fast-paced labor market. He further discussed the Department’s plans to strengthen employment facilitation programs, emphasizing that lifelong learning is a key component that should be instilled to future workers. He assured the participants that the Department is prepared to provide the needed technical support.

There were (3) plenary talks, each one focused on the three aspects of the theme. For the “Learn” session, guest speaker Mr. Jill A. Borja from the Bureau of Local Employment (BLE) discussed the Departments interventions for the transition to the Fourth industrial revolution, dubbed as Industry 4.0. Plenary Talk 2, “Adapt” was on Change Initiative for Skills Match and Career Demands, presented by Ms. Luzviminda S. Guzman, EdD, RGC, Chairperson of the PRC Board of Guidance and Counseling. The last Plenary Talk was for “Thrive” which was about Success and Career Opportunities Post Pandemic: A Lifelong Learning Experience, delivered by Ms. Sheila Marie G. Hocson, PhD, LPT, RPm, RGC, RPsy, President of Philippine Guidance and Counseling Association.


The plenary talks were followed by two (2) informative Panel Presentations. Experts from the academe, industry, private, and government sector were invited to discuss topics on Career Guidance and Career Supply and Demand.

The activity, being a part of DOLE’s Career Development Support Program (CDSP) aims to equip Career Guidance advocates and Guidance Counselors with updated information and new strategies to engage the career-seeking youth.


“The government continuously exerts effort to keep up with and sustain a competitive work force that complements the demands of the ever-changing labor market landscape. As we are geared towards technological advancement, the bigger challenge for us is to prepare the youth and equip them, guide them in choosing a career path, to fully thrive in the digital world.” DOLE CALABARZON Regional Director Atty. Ma. Karina B. Perida-Trayvilla remarked.

The CDSP is one of DOLE’S flagship programs that plunges introduces and immerses the youth to labor market information enabling them to make informed career choices and reduce job mismatch and underemployment.


Jean Andrea D. Galang
Administrative Officer IV/LIO

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