BALANGA CITY, Bataan – “I am pleased to commend the provincial government of Bataan, Servicio Filipino Inc. (SFI) Group of Companies, and the American Career Testing (ACT), for showing their care and commitment to assure a better future for our young Bataeños – through the implementation of this program that seeks to foster personal and career development, complementary to the government’s and the private sector’s human resource agenda.”
Those were the words of DOLE Undersecretary Reydeluz Conferido to government officials, school representatives, high school students, and non-government organization representatives who were present at the recently concluded International Career Readiness Certificate (ICRC) Awarding Ceremony held at the Lu-is Restaurant, Capitol Drive in Balanga City.
The ICRC recognizes the completion of a K-12 KeyTrain curriculum efficacy study among selected 322 junior high school students from 21 public schools and 4 private schools across 11 municipalities and 1 city in Bataan from January to March this year.
The study was administered by the SFI Group of Companies, in partnership with the Bataan provincial government, and supported by the ACT; today’s leader in college assessments in the United States.
Those who scored at certain levels on three WorkKey assessments – Applied Mathematics, Reading for Information, and Locating Information – qualified for either a platinum, gold, silver, or bronze certificate. The students represent 62 percent of the total number of students who were initially assessed.
Guest of honors were Bataan Governor Albert S. Garcia, SFI Group of Companies President and COO Luis Alberto Anastacio, ACT CEO Dr. John Whitmore, DepEd regional director Dr. Alicia Borres, and DepEd Bataan Superintendent Dr. Tarcila Javier.
Conferido, who was accompanied by DOLE-3 regional director Atty. Ana C. Dione, and DOLE Bataan Field Office head Leilani Reynoso, pitched in for Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz in delivering her keynote message.
Reading the Secretary’s message, Conferido highlighted the importance of the initiatives of government and the private sector in streamlining the career paths for the youth in line with the DepEd’s implementation of the K-12 program. Proponents of the study, for their part, believe that the ICRC program of ACT could have a positive impact on the country’s workforce development vis-à-vis- the government’s K-12 curriculum.
Conferido shared that, just over a month ago, the DOLE entered into several Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) with partner private sector companies for the purpose of “Working Together to Build Better Labor Market Information System (LMIS)” for the country.
With the Bureau of Local Employment (BLE) facilitating, DOLE, together with the SFI Group of Companies, the Career Hub Network Corporation, JobStreet Philippines Inc., Quantum X, Inc., and The Now Group Inc., agreed to expand the public’s access to career guidance and to further improve the design, ease of use and accessibility, and overall performance of the Phil-Job.net to truly dispense more responsive LMIs to the users and to sustain a more viable system’s development.
Conferido likewise highlighted the DOLE’s initiative in consulting with industries and other concerned sectors of society, such as the academe and labor groups, conduct of studies on what jobs and industries will likely generate substantial employment opportunities in the short and longer terms.
“Based on your interests and capabilities, we are also helping you identify jobs suited to your qualifications. In fact, the DOLE has recently updated its 2010 study entitled JobsFit Labor Market Information (LMI) Report, 2013-2020. The said study has been carried out as part of the DOLE’s firm resolve to provide appropriate labor market signals, particularly to industry, the academe and training institutions, to enable them to more adequately respond to the current trends in the labor market,” Conferido said.