Monday, October 24, 2016

DOLE-Albay holds career guidance talks to address 'jobs-skills mismatch'

LEGAZPI CITY, Oct. 24 (PNA) -- Nearly 1,500 high schools students have benefited from the career guidance seminars which are being conducted by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE)-Albay in various parts of the province since early this month to address the “jobs-skills mismatch.”

“Our records showed 1,460 high school students in Albay have been given counseling on the courses they should choose in college,” said Ma. Karina Perida-Trayvilla, DOLE-Bicol officer-in-charge regional director.

Trayvilla, in a news release issued Monday, said the seminars, which focus on the topic “Our Skills and Passion Today; Our Career Tomorrow,” seek to help the students on their choice of courses so they could easily land jobs after they graduate.

She said the career guidance program is DOLE’s answer to the long-term problem of “jobs-skills mismatch” so that the courses taken by the students will later fit the job requirements of hiring firms.

Trayvilla said the program aims to provide a ‘trending’ of available jobs in both local and international markets and serve as a guide to the high school students, their parents, officials of local government units or villages, and even the company owners.

“Naturally, we want our college graduates to have decent jobs. But how can they get jobs if their courses do not match the available jobs whether here in the Philippines or overseas,” she said.

DOLE Albay OIC-Ma. Ella E. Verano said the career guidance seminar is one way of helping the students avoid shifting of courses so they can make the most of their time in college and be assured of job placements later on.

She said the career seminar is a continuing project that has started early in October with Mary Jane Secretario, DOLE-Albay officer, as a main speaker.

Verano said the 1,460 students come from 10 secondary schools in various towns in the province, namely, Vinisitahan National High School and Pili National High School, both in Bacacay town; Virgin of Carmel High School, Naga National High School, Tiwi Agro-Industrial School, all in Tiwi town; Kilicao National High School in Daraga; Homapon National High School and Cagbacong National High School, both in Legazpi City; Bantayan National High School in Tabaco City; and Malinao National High School in Malinao town.

She said DOLE also enjoins the parents to attend the career talks so they would know the ill effects of forcing their children to take certain courses which offer little job opportunities later on.

“This is the kind of mentality that we would like to change,” (Ang kaisipang ito ang nais nateng baguhin) said Verano.

DOLE-Bicol records showed Albay is next to Camarines Sur with the most number of high school graduates.

Albay province is also the site of regional offices of national government offices, big companies and the biggest university in the Bicol region--the Bicol University,

"Albay serves as the hub of companies in Metro Manila and Laguna who are looking for job applicants. It is always the center of the biggest job fairs in the Bicol region,” said Verano. (PNA) FPV/GVR/GINA V. RODRIGUEZ/EBP