DOLE engages students at national career expo

BACOLOD CITY – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), through the Public Employment Service Office (PESO), actively participated in the Department of Education’s National Career Expo for the Visayas Cluster held in Bacolod City from May 22 to 24, 2024.

Regional Director Atty. Sixto T. Rodriguez, Jr. led a team of PESO Managers in conducting lectures for over 1,500 high school students. These sessions aimed to provide valuable guidance on career paths, career planning, and the transition into the workforce.

Aligned with DOLE’s goal of enhancing employability as outlined in the Philippine Labor and Employment Plan 2023-2028, PESO Regional Focal Erel E. Lim discussed the DOLE Career Development Support Program. “Our objective is to equip students with the necessary information and skills to navigate their future careers successfully,” Lim stated.

Iloilo City PESO Manager Gabriel Umadhay elaborated on the services provided by PESO, delivering a lecture titled “Education Beyond High School but Not Lesser than Higher Education.” Umadhay emphasized the importance of continued education and vocational training in securing better employment opportunities.

Bacolod City PESO Manager Jovelyn Canoy Dato-on highlighted the significance of pursuing college education and understanding the relationship between money and business. “Investing in education is crucial for long-term success and financial stability,” Dato-on explained.

The National Career Expo aims to offer graduating senior high school students opportunities to explore various career pathways, acquire relevant skills, and ultimately secure meaningful employment. This aligns with the broader objectives of the national labor and employment framework.

The event provided a platform for students to engage with professionals and gather insights into different career options, helping them make informed decisions about their future.

The Philippine Labor and Employment Plan 2023-2028 focuses on enhancing the employability of the youth by providing access to quality education, career guidance, and skills development programs.

The involvement of DOLE and PESO in the National Career Expo underscores their commitment to supporting the youth in their career journeys and contributing to the country’s overall economic development.


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