Butuan City—In support to resolve the issue of job-skills mismatch, DOLE Caraga spearheads 2017 Regional Career Advocacy Congress with 137 participants from different public and private schools, guidance counselors, youth representatives of Senior High School students and career advocates in the region at LJ Mega Convention Center on September 30, 2017.

The department invited prominent speakers from different agencies to tackle relevant topics such as “Ambisyon Natin 2040” by NEDA Caraga Assistant Regional Director Roy Kantuna, “CHED’s Scholarship Program for Students” by Supervising Education Program Specialist Engr. Ramil Sanchez, “DOST Scholarship Program for Students” by Ms. Meriam Boquia and “TESDA’s Program on Career Guidance” by Ms. Novie Dispo. While the participants were having their working lunch, Ms. Annie C. Tangpos, Supervising LEO of DOLE Caraga presented “Summary Report Project Jobsfit 2022”.

During the afternoon session the speakers were; Ms. Indira Fideles G. Lacre, Guidance Counselor of Agusan National High School who talked about “DEPED Programs on Career Guidance” and Ms. Maristela Gales, Network of Career Advocates President discussed the “Background on Life Skills Training”.

After the open forum, NEDA Caraga Senior Economic Development Specialist Mr. Sherwin Verdun presented the proposed activities of CGAP-Technical Working Group.

“This Congress is an opportunity for us to continue our efforts and be a step ahead in order for us to have effective career guidance advocates and produce well-placed students and graduates with the emergence of new industries and newly-jobs created here in the region.” DOLE Regional Director Chona M. Mantilla said.

The yearly conduct of Regional Career Advocacy Congress also provides participants with appropriate and timely knowledge of the realities of the labor market both local and overseas for more informed career decisions aside from capacitating career advocates to have an effective communication tool in addressing unemployment, underemployment and job mismatch.©