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Get ready for a digital world of work; DOLE urges all


Cebu City, Philippines. Educational Institutions. Teachers. Guidance Counselors. Career Guidance Advocates. Government Agencies. Local Authorities. Leaders. Industry Players. The Youth. Jobseekers. Parents. All sectors alike especially those that are relevant in career advocacy should be ready for a digital, highly-automated world of work.

DOLE-7 Regional Director Salome O. Siaton made the statement in a meeting, which formed part of the preparations made for the forthcoming Regional Career Advocacy Congress, which is happening on 11-13 September 2019 at the Grand Convention Center-Cebu.

Stating how the rapid growth of connectivity in most countries, including the Philippines, gave rise to digital transformation of societies, Director Siaton, encouraged all sectors concerned to be ready for technology-driven workplaces, which might endanger certain traditional jobs.

“As we adopt technology in the workplaces, we should take into consideration the groups and sectors that will become vulnerable to these changes and innovations. On the other hand, we should also be welcoming the creation of innovative jobs that do not yet exist in the labor market,” she said. The same, she added, could not be effectively and efficiently done if there would be no venue purposely created whereby all issues and concerns are tackled putting into consideration the preparations that each concerned sector has to do as well as the responsibilities that each one has to take.

Discussions that will look into the details of the impact of a digital workforce, added the Regional Director, will be tackled and thoroughly discussed by seasoned resource speakers during the 3-day Congress that is expected to gather as many as 500 participants coming from different national government agencies and DOLE’s social partners.

Technological changes, she added, are undeniably inevitable. “The adoption of robotics is even on the rise. So as a result, occupations that are manual-intensive and those that would require low cognitive skills are at the risk of being obsolete due to automation,” she said.

The Regional Career Advocacy Congress 2019 will be anchored on the theme, “PH 4.0: Preparing for Digital-Ready Workforce,” and will create a venue for guidance counselors, career advocates and various stakeholders to get actively involved in a comprehensive dialogue focusing on the Fourth Industrial Revolution (FIR) or 4.0.

Among the topics calendared to be presented and discussed during the Congress are the following, namely: (1) Future of Work and the Evolving Workplace: Global and Regional Perspectives; (2) Philippine Policies and Interventions – Developing the Future Workplace (Government, Industry and Academe Perspective); (3) The Role of Career Guidance in Shaping the Future Workforce; (4) Mental Health into This Digital Revolution; and (5) JobsFit 2022 Report: A Sneak Peek to What’s Next.

Apart from the presentations, panel discussions will also be facilitated focusing on Career Guidance Updates and Ways Forward and on Sharing of Best Practices in Career Guidance.

“We are inviting teachers, students, guidance counselors, career guidance advocates, youth organizations, leaders, researchers, and civil society organizations to join us on 11-13 September 2019 for the Congress,” said Director Siaton.

Php3,600.00 registration fee per pax is inclusive of meals, kits, lecture material, and certificate of participation. Would-be participants should fill out the registration form using the Google Survey Link, For queries, anyone could get in touch with those in-charge at (032) 234-3318 and (0977) 6100691 or at

The conduct of the Regional Career Advocacy Congress is one of the primary activities done under the Career Guidance Advocacy Program (CGAP), an employment facilitation program of the Department of Labor and Employment that provides relevant and up-to-date labor market information (LMI) to students and jobseekers. CGAP involves the participation of member-agencies such as the DepEd, DOST, CHED, TESDA and PRC.

The RCAC 2019 is done in close partnership with the Federation of Career Guidance Advocates Network, Inc. (FCGAN).




For more information on this report, you may contact Luchel SenarloTaniza, Regional Labor Communication Officer at telefax number (032) 266-2792 or you may send an email at


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