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SIBUGAY GC-NET SCORES THIRD CAREER FIESTA
Thu, Jan 09, 2014 (Source: ZSP)
Jobs creation is the heart of the economic agenda and one of the major thrusts of the Aquino administration. This means giving extra attention to expanding local employment and intensification of the strategic solution to job-and-skills mismatch.

One of the major interventions to mitigate job mismatch is the intensification of career guidance in the high school level and the provision of labor market information to college students to ensure effective career choices that is based on the skills demands of industries and businesses.

In order to intensify the campaign on career guidance and labor market information the Zamboanga Sibugay Guidance Counselors Network once again conducted the PROVINCIAL CAREER FIESTA 2013 with the theme “Follow the Guide. Tag a Career. Like the Future.”

The Career Fiesta was a convergence activity of all sectors involved in student career planning – the students, their parents, guidance counselors and class advisers, prospective colleges, and government agencies whose functions relate to jobs and livelihood. It was an opportunity for students and prospective colleges to come together in one venue for a day of discovery of the right school and the right course for students based on their personality inclinations and interest and financial capacity.

This activity was hosted by the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Diplahan and Diplahan National High School in partnership with various agencies like the Office of the Congresswoman of the1st District, Department of Labor and Employment, Department of Education, other Local Government Units in the 1st District of Sibugay, and local establishments in Diplahan and Buug, Zamboanga Sibugay.

The one-day search-interact-learn activity conducted last November 22, 2013 was very successful and an overwhelming experience for the organizers. It created a stir in the first district of Zamboanga Sibugay that involved seven municipalities who made everyone eager to know about job mismatch, career orientation, and labor market information.

The activity was participated in by 21 high schools in the province coming from both the private and public schools. The campaigning schools totaled 13 which included colleges and universities from Zamboanga City, Pagadian City and Ipil. The event was graced by no less than the DOLE Regional Director himself, Director Sisinio B. Cano, Education Supervisor of DepEd, Dr. Mona Lisa L. Babiera and SB Member Jerry S. Jore who represented in behalf of the Mayor of Diplahan, Cresencio S. Jore - the host municipality.

In his message to one thousand five hundred twelve students and 83 parents, Director Cano was very happy with the career fiesta initiative of the Guidance Counselors which is one of the strategic solutions to combat job and skills mismatch of the country. The intensification of career counseling to graduating high school students is strongly recommended to ensure effective career choices. The DOLE will always partner with the Guidance Counselors of Zamaboanga Sibugay to advocate career guidance in the high school level.

The Department of Education also recognized the importance of this undertaking, evidence to that is the successful conduct of the career guidance week from July to August 2013 in close partnership with DOLE and other government agencies. The DepEd committed to always support the Guidance Counselors Network in their activities.

The Mayor of Diplahan actively supported this event together with Congresswoman Belma A. Cabilao of the first district by providing financial support to cover the meal expenses in order to make this event possible.

Support from various partners also poured, including the participation of six local government units who provided transportation of their students in going to the venue, local business establishments, religious and civic organizations were also made as resource speakers, as well as the police and the military. While preparations were heavy on the part of the organizers, it turned out to be economical and it allowed mobilization of best resources from partners. Truly an example of a public-private partnership working at its best.

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