The Department of Labor and Employment – Kalinga  Field Office (DOLE-KFO) led by Field Office Head Avelina D. Manganip, Ph.D., held several educational activities for workers and students to more than 600 recipients of Tabuk City, Kalinga.

DOLE-KFO Senior Labor and Employment Officer Emmanuel D. Barcellano provided Labor Market Information (LMI) to 656 Grade 10 (junior high school) students of the Tabuk City National High School on 23 March 2023. His presentation puts into spotlight the shifting professional or vocational career options for would-be-workers.  Mr. Barcellano’s talked about the necessary skills to survive the evolving economic landscape brought about by teleworking and the digitization of major industries.

His presentation was well received by the students, who expressed their gratitude for the very timely information and career forecast. The students also conveyed their enthusiasm in resuming academic life as a pedestal to better work opportunities.

Similarly, Labor and Employment Officer III Anthony M. Luminang provided a career talk to sixty (60) Grade 12 (senior high school) students of the St. Theresita’s School of Tabuk City, Inc., on 15 March 2023 about the importance of knowing which career path to pursue through a process of self-assessment of their interests, abilities, talents/skills, and the like. He also emphasized the need to have a basic grasp of General Labor Standards as an important preparation for their future careers.

Mr. Luminang also presented the Labor Market situation,  focusing on the in-demand and hard-to-fill occupations in the region. He infused insights regarding the fourth industrial revolution brought about by the integration of artificial intelligence and emerging industries. He also highlighted the need for would-be-workers to be globally competitive and adaptable to the dynamic changes brought about by the advancement of technology.

The students conveyed their appreciation of the presentations and were keen to understand the opportunities that lie ahead of their scholastic venture.

Previously, Mr. Luminang also conducted the prescribed one-day Basic Occupational Safety and Health (BOSH) course for Safety Officer 1 (SO1), pursuant to the Republic Act No. 11058 (RA 11058) or an Act Strengthening Compliance with Occupational Safety and Health Standards and Providing Penalties for Violations Thereof, for twenty-one (21) trainees at the conference hall of DOLE-KFO building, Bulanao, Tabuk City, Kalinga on 08 March 2023.

Of the 21 participants. 15 are females, while 16 represented small and micro enterprises (SMEs). The trainees were taught the Occupational Safety and Health Standards (OSHS) from RA 11058, including the salient features of OSH legislation, administrative requirements, benefits and importance of OSH in the workplace, basic safety rules and activities, workplace emergency preparedness, accident causation and prevention, and hazard identification risk assessment and control (HIRAC).

After a lecture on the OSH situation in the Philippines, the participants also had a two hours training of trainers (TOT) to equip the safety officers with the skills in orienting their fellow workers on safety measures specific to their workplaces.

The practice of having a safe and healthy work area was duly underscored as the primary function of the safety officers, with the training serving as an avenue for the participants to review the effectiveness of their OSH protocols. It was adequately explained throughout the seminar that the occurrence of accidents can be mitigated when there are safety measures duly observed wherever work is being undertaken.

Through labor and employment education for students and workers, the Department yearns to secure the future and present workforce with knowledge and readiness in their respective work.


end//Daryll B. Ponard with initial reports from the DOLE-KFO
LEO III/LIO Designate