Officially Open. CGAP Stakeholders cut the ribbon signaling the opening of the activity.

Davao Region – The Career Guidance Advocacy Program (CGAP) is one of the flagship programs being implemented by the Department of Labor and Employment as employment facilitation intermediation services for the youth to provide them relevant information that could guide them in making informed career choices.

This year, DOLE XI launches the 2019 Regional Career Caravan in six (6) locations in Davao Region namely: Mataio National High School, Mati City, Davao Oriental (July 16); Compostela National High School, Compostela Valley Province (July 17); Tagum National Trade School, Davao del Norte (July 18); Davao City National High School (July 19); Sulop National High School, Sulop, Davao del Sur (July 22), and Mariano Peralta National High School, Malita, Davao Occidental (July 23).

During the caravan in Compostela Valley and Davao del Norte, DOLE XI OIC-Assistant Regional Director Jason P. Balais said, Career Advocacy is a law under Republic Act 11206, which is an act Establishing a Career Guidance and Counseling Program For All Secondary Schools and Appropriating Funds Therefor. It was made into law and included as a regular program of the Department of Education with all the help of other agencies including DOLE to guide the youth in choosing a career. This endeavor is designed to provide our students guidance for a meaningful and rewarding career in the future.”

What’s up on Employment. DOLE XI Regional Focal on Employment Marlito D. Ayala, giving update on employment.

ARD Balais added, “Based on the objective of the law, it said, “For them to have meaningful and rewarding career. I hope that this will happen to our Grade 10 students today as they will decide later on what career they are going to pursue. We in the Department of Labor and Employment have prepared the world of work for the youth. We have Labor Market Information (LMI) which highlights the labor demands every now and then in all industries. It is not necessary to finish college for many of the jobs needed in the industries now are actually related to Technical and Vocational Skills. That is why we partner with TESDA also in as much as we partner with CHED in this program. Because a career may not always be on track with a four-year course. A student may pursue towards Technical Vocational Skills and eventually, that person may become an entrepreneur someday.”

A school group dancers performed for a contest.

Let me also mention Job and Skills mismatch. This has been addressed by DOLE. We are steadily monitoring and updating on jobs needed by the different industries for our jobseekers and future graduates. We are vigorously addressing job and skills mismatch through activities like this. And we are happy to know that the administration of our beloved President, Rodrigo Roa Duterte has prepared a very good work environment to our economy today and the future for our youth.”

All In! High school students, parents and stakeholders trooped to Tagum National Trade School to join the celebration.

Marlito D. Ayala, DOLE XI Regional Focal Person on Employment said that all schools are enjoined to let their Grade 10 and 12 students, and the parents to attend the Career Guidance Advocacy Caravan celebration. (Eduardo P. Monreal, LCO-Designate, DOLE XI)