VP Sara eyes more job opportunities for G12 graduates

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MANILA – Vice President Sara Duterte on Wednesday expressed hope that the business sector would provide more job opportunities for Grade 12 graduates, during the celebration of the 48th Philippine Business Conference and Expo Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industries.

According to Duterte, this is crucial not only for the lives of the young graduates but also for nation-building as a whole.

“We have also just signed the First Time Jobseekers Assistance Act – Joint Operational Guidelines with the Department of Labor and Employment. The operational guidelines are a crucial step in the implementation of RA 11261, or the First Time Jobseekers Assistance Act. We expect more first-time jobseekers, especially our K-12 graduates, to be given the opportunity to process their pre-employment requirements immediately and cost-free,” she said.

The Vice President, who is also the concurrent head of the Department of Education (DepEd), stated that once graduates are ready for employment, they can be regarded valuable assets for the country’s workforce.

“We are a nation comprised of young, able, and ambitious human resources. Each year, thousands of graduates join our workforce,” she added.

The education chief even urged the sector to sit with the Education department for cooperation, considering the challenges posed by job mismatch.

“I invite you to come sit with us during our education stakeholders’ convergence next month to uncover opportunities for collaboration and public-private partnerships. We need transformational leadership from the business sector,” Duterte said.

The DepEd previously stated that it will begin its curriculum review for the Senior High School program, specifically for Grades 11 and 12 in November to improve strategies and ensure employability for graduates.

Duterte said in a separate interview that the DepEd is now considering the suggestions from the Commission on Higher Education and the Department of Labor and Employment.

“We are still continuing our meetings and discussions on how to make Grade 12 graduates ready for employment. Mayroon pa kaming mga ginagawa na kailangan natin ayusin sa K-12 program. But nagpauna na po ako sa ating mga business sector na kapag ready na po sila, sana ay mabigyan sila ng first priority sa hiring ng ating businesses (We are now doing some necessary adjustments on the K-12 program. But I have initially told our business sector that whenever they are ready, they should be granted priority in business hiring),” she said.

The Vice President also insisted the DepEd is “aware of the schools’ poor performance” in the international assessments, hence, the need for review and intensified multi-sectoral collaboration.

For the time being, Duterte emphasized the significance of pushing for in-person classes to address the learning disparities among students.

Public schools are prepared for its full implementation come Nov. 2, she added.

“Meron tayong mga (We have) public schools, [that] were just waiting because they were allowed the options from August to November 2, lahat sila, yung ready na, na nag-aantay lang ng mandatory face-to-face ay mag-shift na sila to Mandatory five days in-person classes (all of them, those which are ready, are just waiting for the mandatory face-to-face for them to shift to five days in-person classes),” she said.

Except for those granted exemptions by regional directors or disaster-affected areas, all public schools shall adopt full five-day in-person classes beginning Nov. 2 under DepEd Order 44.

House committees to hold hearings during break

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Spread the loveMANILA – The House of Representatives has authorized for its committees to conduct hearings during the five-week congressional break, extending until late April.