DAVAO CITY-  DOLE XI Regional Director Joffrey M. Suyao reported to Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz that over 350 Guidance Counselors, Student Leaders, Human Resources Directors and Educators from different provinces of Davao Region joined the Regional Career Advocacy Congress last May 30 to 31, 2013 held at Kadayawan Hall, NCCC Mall, Matina, Davao City.

The said activity was  conducted  in coordination with TESDA Regional Office, Department of Science and Technology XI (DOST XI), Professional Regulation Commission Regional Office (PRC XI), Department of Education XI (DepEd XI) and Commission on Higher Education Davao Region (CHED XI) to introduce new employment and career guide for high school and college students and even for job seekers of the 21st century.

The signing of Memorandum of Understanding between government agencies ((DOLE XI, TESDA XI, DOST XI, PRC XI, DepEd XI, CHED XI) in order to address mismatch in jobs and skills   was one of the highlight of the event.

“This agreement detailing the roles, obligations and responsibilities of each of the offices of the National Government Agencies  is in reponse to the increasing gap between competency level of the Filipino work force and graduates as compared to those who graduated abroad and the lingering issues of jobs mismatch in the labor market”, Suyao said.

Summary presentations of the different industries gave the audience additional knowledge on the trending careers of the 21st century. Guidance counselors from different provinces, who were the representatives of DepEd and  who are also considered the focal points in disseminating the information among schools in Region XI- Public or Private were given additional information on career guides for their students.  Moreover, student leaders who also attended the said forum were given enlightenment on what career to choose for college. “I know now what course I am going to take in college, thanks for this event” one of the student leaders said.

“With a common cause, we will be inspired to seriously take our role to form the minds of our youth, help and teach them make the right career choices and assure them that we are here to provide full support that will enable them to prepare for the world of work”, said Regional Director Suyao, as he gave his welcome address on the Regional Career Advocacy Congress.