Tagum City, Davao del Norte – To prepare students for a digital-ready workforce, the Department of Education (DepEd), in partnership with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) , the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and the City Government of Tagum, launched this year’s Regional Career Caravan in Tagum City last July 18, 2019 at the Tagum City National Trade School.
The event is held annually as a means of providing the students with information that would help them in making informed choices in relation to their career path and opportunities and featured several activities, including different competitive events for students such as the Search for Career Ambassador and Ambassadress, Jazz chants competition, and display of career showrooms by different colleges in Tagum, among others.
In his message, Atty. Jason Balais, the Asst. Regional Director of DOLE XI, highlighted Tagum City’s creation of a department that houses both education and employment that ensures the straightforward relation between education and employment. This is a manifestation that Tagum is preparing its human resource from education to employment to be productive citizens not just of the city but also in the entire country.
DepEd Tagum City Schools Division Superintendent Nelson Lopez, meanwhile, stressed the importance for the youth to get exposed to the advanced technology to become relevant since the demands made by different industries for computerization is high, which necessitates the alignment of their skills and knowledge to what the demands are.
Celnie Tandoc, a Grade 10 Tagum City National Trade School student-beneficiary of the caravan shared how the event impacted her life, stating that as she will soon be moving to Senior High School, the talks and lectures that were conducted during the caravan have been useful in her decision-making, enabling her to become more informed on what career path to choose and deciding if the same is good for her.
The caravan was also graced by the members of the 8th Tagum City Council led by Councilor Alderson Rellon who chairs the council’s Education Committee and represented Tagum City Mayor Allan Rellon, DEPED’s Dr. Warlito Hua, PEESO Manager Rogeneth Llanos, TCNTS Principal Mario Gregorio, Ed.D., and other stakeholders.
The Regional Career Caravan was held in time for the Career Guidance Advocacy Week implemented by the DOLE under its Career Guidance Advocacy Program (CGAP) which is included as a regular program of DEPED Ziyarah Manalo/CIO Tagum
Students from all over Davao del Norte gather up for the Regional Career Caravan hosted by the Tagum City National Trade School last July 18, 2019. Ziyarah Manalo/CIO Tagum
(L-R) Dr. Nelson C. Lopez, CESO IV, Schools Division Superintendent, Dr. Warlito E. Hua, Chief Education Supervisor, ESSD, and Hon. Alderson Rellon pose for a photo opportunity after the latter delivered an inspirational speech to students during the Regional Career Caravan as representative of Mayor Allan L. Rellon. Ziyarah Manalo/CIO Tagum