By NORMA RAE S. COSTIMIANO
September 27, 2019
TACLOBAN CITY – With the theme, “Developing Human Capital: Building A Better Future”, the Department of Labor and Employment Regional Office VIII has successfully conducted the 4th Regional Career Advocacy Congress on September 19-20, 2019 at The Summit Hotel, this city.
The two-day congress was attended by around 175 delegates representing career advocates, educators, academicians and government leaders all over Region VIII.
DOLE RO VIII Regional Director Yahya A. Centi welcomed the participants and guests to the Career Congress.
“The theme for this congress is about how we can use technology together with people, how we develop people for technological future,” said Director Centi.
He made emphasis on the idea that the main basis of competition will always be the human capital. He also challenged the participants to focus on the three components of human capital, namely: education, healthcare and world of work. He added that how well the educators do in their education system would be the leading indicator of where they will be in 20 years’ time. Thus, they cannot do anything about their past but still hold power of their future.
“This Congress lays pathways for change that all of us dream,” he added. He also asked the participants to focus their attention on the Congress for when they leave the sessions, they will surely bring honour to their own organizations.
The Career Congress was also attended by important individuals and representatives from different agencies, departments and bureaus tasked to share their knowledge and experiences to the selected participants.
Ms. Eden A. Dadap, Regional Focal Person for Career Guidance and President – EVNGCA of the Department of Education (DepEd) Regional Office VIII, discussed the “Roles of Guidance Counsellors and Career Advocates” while Ms. Evangeline G. Aviñante of the Bureau of Local Employment (BLE) tackled the “Government Perspective on the Development of Future Workforce”.
Engr. Socorro Q. Ramos, City Education Supervisor II of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Regional Office VIII, shared her knowledge on the Development of Future Workforce: the Academe Perspective followed by a topic on Diploma Curriculum Level 5 Qualifications from Ms. Emy Fe P. Palmares, TESD Specialist II of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Regional Office VIII.
Engr. Ramil T. Uy, Senior Science Specialist of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Regional Office VIII, and Atty. Noemi C. Tan, Attorney III of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Regional Office VIII, both shared the programs and services initiated by their own departments in reaching out to the students and the educators themselves who are in need of scholarships and mentoring on selected businesses.
On Day 2 of the congress, another series of interesting and important topics were given to the participants.
Director Victoria F. Esber of the Civil Service Commission (CSC) Regional Office VIII discussed about “Developing the Future Workplace: the Human Resource Perspective” while Ms. Luzviminda S. Guzman, Chairman of the Board of Guidance and Counselling of the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) Manila, gave her message to all the delegates.
Ms. Guzman emphasized that guidance counsellors and advocates should always have a heart to help because that is what they should do. “Beautiful things happen to beautiful hearts,” she stated.
The Congress ended with a message of thanks from the Over-all Event Coordinator, Ms. Salvacion A. Yepez. She also extended her congratulations to everyone involved in the success of the said event. (with reports from Mary Jane B. Abenoja)