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DOLE-CAR hosts PESO meeting and Regional Career Advocacy Congress
BAGUIO CITY-The managers of the Public Employment and Services Office (PESO) from Abra, Apayao, Baguio City, Benguet, Kalinga, Ifugao and Mountain Province and the PESO-Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) Officers recently held their first quarter PESO Federation Meeting cum 1st Quarter Accomplishment and Planning Exercises and Capability Building Seminar meeting for this year at the Baguio Crown Legacy Hotel, Kisad Road, Baguio City to improve service.

Regional Director Henry John S. Jalbuena of the Department of Labor and Employment Cordillera said the two-day activities will feature an in depth study and evaluation of accomplishments thru the conduct of assessment of PESO managers in their overall program implementation and at the same time to take up DOLE's Special Program for the Employment of Students (SPES), their schedule for the conduct of career coaching, national skills registry system and 2012 accomplishments vis-a-vis 2013 targets.

Director Jalbuena added that the participants will also undergo Basic Employment Service Training and updates on the Special Program for the Employment of Students (SPES), the DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program (DILP) towards Community Enterprise Development (CED) and also a brief background on the RA 10361 or the Kasambahay Law.

During the open forum, the participants presented to the DOLE-CAR Technical Working Group their comments and issues on the preparation of SPES forms and requirements, matters of unsigned and correction of documents submitted by SPES beneficiaries, policy on the period of employment, Alternative Learning System (ALS) among others. Thus, the DOLE-TWG noted the issues presented and gave advice the participants to use the prescribed forms issued by the Bureau of Labor Employment (BLE), avoid personal interpretations of the forms and documents and refer to the DOLE-CAR Regional Office for further inquiries.

It was agreed upon that each PESO-CAR officers will continue their planned delivery of activities, equip newly designated PESO Managers on various DOLE services and programs including updates.

On the other hand, Mr. Emerito Narag, OIC-TSSD explained that SPES is to develop the intellectual capacities of children of poor families and harness their potentials for the country's well being and aims to help poor but deserving students pursue their education by providing income or augment their income through encouraging their employment during summer and/or Christmas vacations.

The availability of DOLE's livelihood funds were also discussed and they were encouraged to submit community enterprise livelihood proposals including the clear-cut livelihood program guidelines and procedure to be followed in order not to confuse the PESOs in their active participation.

Meanwhile, the Regional Career Advocacy Congress for the Philippine Career Guidance Counselors Network (PCGN)-CAR Chapter consisting of active secondary and tertiary guidance counselors representing public and private institutions last May 30 had a gathering aimed in providing the Trending Guide in the implementation of Career Advocacy Program to graduating students towards employment.

The congress included presentation of PCGN-CAR 2012 report targets viv-a-vis accomplishments; the dissemination of the new guidance note entitled "A Practical Guide to Regional Career Guidance Advocacy Congress through a Multi-stakeholder Engagement Process" for program implementers; the preparation of the Regional Plan of Action of the Philippine Guidance and Counseling Association (PCGA) CAR Chapter through a workshop and the presentation of the action plan of the Provinces of Abra, Apayao, Baguio City and Benguet, Ifugao, Kalinga and Mountain Province.

The speakers for the Congress were from the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Commission on Higher Education (CHED), the Department of Education (DEPED, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and the Philippine Career Guidance Counselors Network, Inc.

An open forum on job-skills mismatches in the labor market was discussed, the request for financial support from government line agencies especially DEPED, CHED, TESDA and DOST for guidance counselors and school teachers designated as guidance counselors, and Social Marketing and Advocacy Programs and additional free trainings for guidance counselors.

(Patrick Rillorta - LEO II)

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