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DOLE QPO Head Edwin T. Hernandez delivers his welcome message to the participants of the Quezon Provincial Career Advocacy Congress.

Lucena City, Quezon – Dubbed as “I CARE-RY: Working Together towards Employability of the Quezonian Youth, a capacity-building for Career Guidance Counselors and Advocates was initiated by the Department of Labor and Employment-Quezon Provincial Office in collaboration with the Provincial Public Employment Service Office (PESO) of Quezon, PESO Federation of Quezon and Advocates for Career and Education Support, Inc. (ACESI) Quezon Chapter held on 01 December 2017 at Ouan’s The Farm Resort, Lucena City.

The participants were welcomed by the chief of DOLE Quezon Mr. Edwin T. Hernandez. As well, Mr. Ferdinand F. Colliflores, Regional President of the ACESI then shared some of the highlights of their recently concluded Career Guidance Study Tour in Seoul, South Korea where the delegates acknowledged the need for us to legislate career guidance activities for its mainstreaming and sustainable implementation.

As one of the priority thrusts of the Department as to enhancing employability, Mr. Jorge Manuel C. Laude of DOLE Regional Office, presented the CALABARZON Youth Employability Framework which the Regional Development Council adopted by virtue of RDC Resolution No. IV-A-64-2017 aiming to mainstream career guidance activities with the integration of life-skills training starting in the basic education.

DOLE QPO Head Edwin T. Hernandez, Employment Focal Genecille P. Aguirre and TSSD EW Jorge Manuel Laude pose with the participants of the Quezon Provincial Career Advocacy Congress held on December 1, 2017 at Ouans the Farm Resort in Lucena City.

The Republic Act 10691 or the amended PESO Act was one of the policy considerations on the formulation of the framework, and with that, Mr. Rizaldy Veranga, PESO Manager of Atimonan, Quezon and President of the PESO Federation of the province took the opportune time to call for collaboration between the PESOs and Career Guidance Counselors as the two shall work hand-in-hand for the betterment of the implementation of the Career Guidance Advocacy Program (CGAP).

Representing the National Economic and Development Authority, Ms. Theresa Jane G. Cajarte, OIC-Division Chief of the Policy Formulation and Planning Division then presented the AmBisyon Natin 2040. As we ideate for a “Matatag, Maginhawa at Panatag na Buhay” for Filipinos by year 2040, Ms. Cajarte highlighted the roles in which the Guidance Counselors and Career Advocates are very much instrumental most especially in human capital development. She also presented the highlights of the concluded 1st CALABARZON JobSeekers Summit which emphasized the need in strengthening the career guidance activities and the implementation of the Youth Employability Framework as one of the tool in addressing our pressing issues on job-skills mismatch.

To present the forthcoming zones that will be emerging in the province to boost its economic activity, Mr. Allan Datahan of the Philippine Economic Zone Authority presented the Role of Industrial Relations in Career Guidance. This was supplemented by the presentation of a representative from the Provincial Planning and Development Council where she communicated to the attendees the plans and prospects of the province in terms of employment generation which the career guidance counselors and PESOs are needed in terms of preparatory interventions and employment facilitation. Mr. Datahan reported that there are economic zones in thousands of hectares were already approved by their office to be built in the Municipality of Mauban, City of Lucena, among others, and now endorsed to the Office of the President for final approval.

“We need to know their (Provincial Planning Office) plans as well as the emerging economic activities for us to prepare for the upcoming boost of employment opportunities in the province. However, we also need to strike a balance to maintain industrial peace should these changes in the province be materialized,” said Mr. Edwin T. Hernandez.

Research results were also presented to the body as to the labor market analysis, career guidance and employability for the participants to get some ideas in the formulation of their plans and activities.

As the activity comes to a close, Ms. Leonora A. Zaracena, Provincial President of the ACESI expressed her gratitude in behalf of the officers to all those who worked hard for the success of the activity. Likewise in his closing message, Mr. Veranga again called for collaboration between the PESOs and Career Guidance Counselors and call themselves “partners.”


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