The Department of Labor and Employment Davao Region (DOLE-XI) is set to launch this year’s Regional Career Advocacy Congress (RCAC) on May 25 to 26, 2015 at Kadayawan Hall, NCCC Mall.

Now on its 3rd year, the RCAC aims to equip career advocacy allies with ample knowledge on new concepts and strategies for career guidance in order to effectively lead students in choosing the right career path and finding the right job.

They will also be updated with the latest Labor Market Information (LMI) from various industries and the trends in the national and global contexts for their use in efficient delivery of career guidance to the students and jobseekers.

Guidance counselors from public schools and selected private schools in Davao Region and selected students leaders were invited to join the event.

DOLE XI regional director Joffrey M. Suyao said this year’s congress will take a closer look at K-12 program as a solution to job-skill mismatch and youth unemployment and the effect of ASEAN Integration in the country’s labor market.

“Guidance counselors and career advocates facilitate students to arrive with informed decisions in choosing their career that’s why it is important they they should be well informed and updated with the most recent development affecting skills requirement of the industry,” said Suyao.

“Good career guidance is one way to delineate the jobs and the skills of the students and jobseekers and thus, has a potential in addressing employment issues such as mismatch. It can help the youth make sound decisions and prepare them in their entry to the strenuous labor market,” Suyao added.

The event is in partnership with the regional offices of Department of Education (DepEd), Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC). (Roberto A. Gumba, Jr./DOLE GIP)