By: Julius Cesar O. De La Cruz
The Grade 12 students of Kalayaan National High School (KNHS) that are set to graduate this year take part in attending the two-day webinar concerning K-12 Curriculum Exits on May 14, 2021 and May 21, 2021 via Facebook live and Zoom respectively. The webinar commenced by singing the Philippine National Anthem followed by opening prayer through an audio-visual presentation. A prelude message was delivered by the Assistant Principal II, Dr. Cynthia D. Abella. Mr. Agapito Teodoro N. Manaog, Principal III alongside with Ms. Filipinas Rosario C. Sampang, OIC – Supervising Labor & Employment expressed their sincere inspirational message to all attendees. The event accentuated the career talks of the outstanding guest speakers. To keep the webinar guided, Ms. Alexandria D. Andrada joined as the Master of Ceremonies.
On the main body of the webinar, discussion of the labor trends especially in the midst of health crisis in National Capital Region was highlighted by Mr. Ryan Roberto E. Delos Santos, Supervising Labor & Employment Officer in Department of Labor and Employment – NCR. Mr. Delos Santos also tackled that the country is now progressing toward the new normal. In addition, he put emphasis on the potentials of greater jobs in industries with the advent of technologies, and also greater demand for more complex non-routine cognitive, social, and ICT tasks, transitions to KPO. Bottom line, he put a reminder by pursuing education and lifelong learning – TVET is needed for retraining and skills development.
Ms. Editha Felipe, Senior Labor and Employment Assistant at Public Employment Service Office discussed about Peso Program for Career Orientation 2021 starting by stressing the Republic Act No. 10691, also known as “Public Employment Service Office Act of 1999” – the establishment and operation of the public employment service office (PESO), and the operation of job placement offices in educational institutions (EIs). The pre-pandemic employment outlook was also in discussion by pointing out the different work fields such as IT/BPM, Health and Wellness, Wholesale and Retail Trade, Transport and Logistics, Construction and Hotel Restaurant and Tourism. Relevant skills in the new normal through adaptability and flexibility, technology savviness and creativity and innovation are some of the must-have skills in the modern world. She also geared up the attendees by tackling the objectives of JobStart Philippines Program that was created under the Republic Act 10869 for young Filipinos that seek to assist in starting their careers and meaningful employment as well as to integrate full-cycle employment facilitation services. The encouragement that students should have different skills because it will lead to better opportunities. In the concluding part the Master of Ceremony, gave denouement message that students should survive and thrive even at the most difficult times and should have resilient character. Equip students in learning new opportunities to develop and enhance hard and soft skills that are vital in preparing for jobs.
Even in this time, different schools and universities have participated in the two-day virtual event and taking this opportunity to mention the following; Lyceum of the Philippines, University Manila, Philippine Cultural College, Colegio de San Juan de Letran, Technological Institute of the Philippines – Manila, Manila Central University, Mary Chiles College, Asian Institute of Maritime Studies, University of the East, FEATI University, De La Salle Araneta University, STI College Pasay-EDSA, Centro Escolar University, Far Eastern University-Manila, Philippine Merchant Marine School, WCC Aeronautical Technological College, FEU TECH, José Rizal University and Asia Pacific College.