Guidance counselors and career advocates have gathered once again during the recently concluded Regional Career Advocacy Congress (RCAC) 2017.

RCAC, which is now in its fourth year, was held last September 19 to 20, 2017 at RDR Gym in Tagum City.

The organizing committee of the event is spearheaded by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Department of Education, Department of Science and Technology, Commission on Higher Education, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, and Professional Regulation Commission.

With more than 500 participants this year, composed of the members of the Network of Guidance Counselors and Career Advocates (NGCCA) in both public and private schools, student leaders, Public Employment Service Office managers and agency representatives, were updated on the recent Labor Market Information trends.

With the theme: “Follow the Guide, Tag a Career, Like the Future,” RCAC 2017 also served as an avenue where the participants exchanged ideas and good practices not only from their co-members but also from different industry representatives invited during the activity.

Speakers from the different industry were invited during the two-day activity include Agri-Business, Banking and Finance, Business Process Outsourcing, Creative, Construction, Education, Wholesale and Retail, Power and Utilities, Real Estate & Dwelling, Transport and Logistics, Health and Wellness, Hotel and Restaurant, Mining, and Manufacturing. Additional topics presented were on DOLE K to 12 Adjustment Measures Program, Gender and Development, Management of Learning and Youth Formation 21st Century Soft Skills, and Understanding Millennials.

Gracing the event were DOLE Regional Director Raymundo G. Agravante, Tagum City Officials and Davao del Norte Governor Antonio Rafael G. del Rosario, who thanked DOLE together with the working group for gathering everyone on the cause of guiding the career choices of students in order to help them secure a better future during his keynote address.

Moreover, different schools which served as career sites during the 2017 Career Week Launching Celebration back in July. Landing the top spot is Panabo National High School followed by Baganga National High School, Tacul National High School (Magsaysay, Davao del Sur), Fishing Village Comprehensive National High School (Malita, Davao Occidental), Mati School of Arts and Trade, and Pantukan National High School (Compostela Valley).

Kriztja Marae G. Labrador/LCO-DOLEXI