DepEd Cavite, through its Division Youth Formation Coordinators, pumped up its implementation of the Career Guidance Program (CGP) through the conduct of a walkthrough and implementation review for senior high school career advocates and a career fair for selected grade 10 and 12 students.

Serving as influencers of students’ career paths, grade 11 and 12 teacher advisers and career advocates gathered to share their best practices in the implementation of the CGP modules on November 28-29.

Prior to this, Lou-Junel Velasco, project development officer, Rio Gan, registered guidance counsellor (RGC), and CGP trainors Cynthia Poblete, Yehlen Zaragosa, Leila Ferolino, Rico Caganda, Joselito Quintana, Nicanor Sardido, Jeneth Salvador, Melanie Dubiao, Ryan Cutamora, Mark Profeta, and Roselia Cobre provided a comprehensive walkthrough of the first and eighth modules (per grade level), and addressed the participants’ queries and concerns.

Participants’ concerns were documented and consolidated to solicit the resolution of the higher office, such as the possibility of the modules to be conducted as early as the opening of classes and modifying the contents of the modules to complement fields where students are excelling.

The participants also suggested coordinating with Civil Service Commission, TESDA, CHED, DOLE and other relevant organizations for possible policy amendments to better cater the four curriculum exits—education, employment, entrepreneurship, and middle level skills development.

Meanwhile, through the leadership of selected school heads and their respective program management team, a Division Career Fair was held to extend guidance to 1200 grade 10 students and 800 for grade 12 in making informed career and life choices last December 6-7.

Simultaneously, the student participants convened in the respective venues to learn from the career talks and testimonials of invited guests such as former grade 10 and senior high school students, teachers specializing in different tracks and strands, and representatives from higher education institutions and TESDA.

Selected school heads and Division RGCs also imparted their knowledge and expertise regarding the voucher program and career development, respectively.      Moreover, a career market provided not only additional information but entertainment to the participants as invited schools offered freebies while educating the youth on the available opportunities that await them.

Following this, the Division YFCs plan on conducting a training on career counselling for career advocates and potential peer counsellor as they wish to extend the implementation and impact of the CGP to other stakeholders such as but not limited to student leaders and parents.  (Rey Ann M. Maramag, PDO I/ DAIO,
DepEd Cavite Province)