CALAMBA CITY, Laguna – In line with the strengthened advocacy on Career Guidance and Employment Coaching, the DOLE and the Advocates for Career and Education Support, Inc., the Region’s Network of Guidance Counselors and Career Advocates, held its 1st Quarter Meeting on 17 February 2017 at the WODP Training Center, DOLE Laguna Provincial Office.
To formally welcome the participants, DOLE Laguna Provincial Office Director Milagros R. Mata delivered an address centered on the success of the Career Guidance Advocacy Program and attributed the said success to all the efforts of the Guidance Counselors, Career Advocates and other stakeholders. The meeting was then called to order by the ACESI President, Mr. Ferdinand F. Colliflores of University of Batangas.
DOLE Region IV-A Director Ma. Zenaida A. Angara-Campita administer the oath of office to the newly elected officers. On her message, Director Campita highlighted that the burning support of the Department for career guidance advocacies will prevail.
Select regional-line agencies presented their initiatives on Career Guidance and raised best practices, issues and concerns. As part of the advocacy, collaboration among the members of the CGAP Regional Technical Working Group is being promoted for more effective programs for the youth.
During the meeting, the body also discussed its 2017 Plan of Action and tentatively scheduled slated activities for this year.
Another highlight of the meeting includes the presentation of the Region IV-A’s Youth Employability Framework led by the CGAP Focal Person, Mr. JM Laude. The said framework anchored on the American School Counselors Association (ASCA) National Model, integrating local Filipino values and practices, and on the Multiple Career Development Pathways Approach by the SEAMEO-INNOTECH. The aforesaid framework centered on promoting sound and informed career choice, through Self-Exploration, Community Assessment and Family Integration, and promoting life skills training to the learners prior to their entrance in the labor force. By this simple means, the framework aims to alleviate the long school-to-work transition that greatly contributes to the perennial problems on youth unemployment and underemployment.
A ceremonial signing of a resolution was held, endorsing the Youth Employability Framework to the CALABARZON Regional Development Council for its mainstreaming in the whole region.
JORGE MANUEL C. LAUDE, RPm
Labor and Employment Officer II
CGAP Regional Focal Person