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RDC adopted DOLE IV-A’s Youth Employability Framework

According to a study conducted by the Asian Development Bank (2016), labor market experience reveals that high school leavers have the most difficulty in integrating themselves in the labor market. The same study also reports a long school-to-work transition: averaging 2 to 3 years for high school graduates to find their first job in the market, while 1 to 2 years for college graduates. This greatly contributes to our pressing issues on youth unemployment.

While the Department of Labor and Employment continuously implement the Career Guidance Advocacy Program (CGAP) through a Network of Guidance Counselors and Career Advocates who call themselves the Advocates for Career and Education Support, Inc. (ACESI), the implementation of the CGAP takes into a higher level by initiating the development of a Youth Employability Framework.




The Framework aims to develop the CALABARZON youth to be more marketable in the labor market by (1) advocating the importance of making sound and informed career choice fit to the skills and interests of the youth, which can be done through Self Exploration, Community Assessment and Family Integration, (2) mainstreaming of Life Skills Training in the Basic and Technical Education Curriculum, (3) integration of industry-solicited technical skills requirement, (4) relevant work experience (SHS Immersion Program and OJT), and (5) assistance to certifications as proof of their competence.

Anchored on the Multiple Career Development Pathways Approach of the SEAMEO-INNOTECH, Asian Development Outlook 2016, and American Schools Counselor Association National Model, the framework envisions to alleviate the long school-to-work transition that the CALABARZON youth are experiencing.

ACESI President Mr. Ferdinand F. Colliflores (L) and Secretary Mr. Iris V. Mente, RGC (R) affixing their signature on the ACESI Resolution No. 2017-01

Certain policies were also considered such as the DepEd Order No. 43 series of 2013 or the Implementing Rules and Regulations of the Enhanced Basic Education Act, specifically Sections 17 to 19, DepEd Order No. 41 series of 2015 or the Conduct of SHS Career Guidance Program, and the Republic Act 10691 or the amended Public Employment Service Office (PESO) Act and its Implementing Rules and Regulations mandating the PESOs to provide career guidance and employment coaching services to job seekers.

The ACESI during its 2017 1st Quarterly Meeting formally endorsed the Youth Employability Framework to the Regional Development Council IV-A through ACESI Resolution No. 2017-01, for the Council’s adoption.

The Regional Development Council (RDC IV-A), being the highest socio-economic planning and policy-making body at the sub-national level, heed the call and listed the framework as one of the agenda items discussed during the 2017 2nd Quarter Meetings of the Regional Committee on Quality Education for All (formerly Ad hoc Committee on K to 12) on 04 April 2017 at NEAP Calabarzon, Malvar, Batangas, and Sectoral Committee on Social Development on 15 May 2017 at Southern Luzon State University, Lucban, Quezon. After much discussion, the framework was able to get the nod of the sub- and sectoral committee.

Upon endorsement of the social development committee, the Regional Development Council officially adopted the framework through RDC Resolution No. IV-A-64-2017, entitled “Adopting the Youth Employability Framework and Promoting its Mechanism to Various Instrumentalities of the Government and Private Sector” signed by the Council Secretary Gina T. Gacusan, Assistant Regional Director of NEDA Region IV-A, and Chairperson Hermilando I. Mandanas, Governor of the Province of Batangas, during the 2nd Quarter Full Council Meeting on 07 July 2017 at Taal Vista Hotel. As provided by the resolution, the regional offices of DOLE, DepEd, CHED, TESDA and other agencies and private sector concerns shall work hand-in-hand on the steps to be undertaken as enrolled under the framework.

CGAP Focal Person Mr. Jorge Manuel C. Laude presenting the Framework before the Regional Committee on Quality Education for all and Sectoral Committee on Social Development (Photo courtesy of NEDA Region IV-A)

To provide general information on the mechanism of the framework, as well as the enrolled programs to be undertaken, an Administrative Note shall be issued by the Department of Labor and Employment Region IV-A for dissemination to concerned agencies and private sector.

One of the Region’s ‘first’. True to its commitment, the Department of Labor and Employment Region IV-A, together with partner organizations such as the ACESI, RAPESO Inc., private sector, and non-government organizations, continuously initiate programs for the development of the human resource in the region, towards addressing the nation’s issue on unemployment and underemployment, especially on the youth sector.

(The Administrative Note will be available after the planned trifocalization of government agencies concerned. Should you wish to get a copy, you may contact the Department of Labor and Employment Region IV-A through the TSSD for Employment and Welfare at telephone number (049) 545-7362 or email us at /


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