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Career caravan hits Davao

By Mai Gevera

Davao City (5 December) -- After a series of legs in Cebu, Butuan, Baguio, and Metro Manila, the Career Caravan of the Technical Education and Skills Authority (TESDA) visited Davao yesterday with an estimated 6,000 high school studentsin attendance.

Present in every caravan is TESDA director general Augusto Syjuco who claimed that the said caravan definitely brought career opportunities to the young people in the city and from its neighboring provinces.

In the said caravan, the newly packaged Ladderized Education Program pushed by the Arroyo Administration is highlighted. Its mechanics and advantages were explained to the excited youth who in turn became hopeful and optimistic to enroll in technical vocational courses.

"This new program is aimed to meet and close the gaps or empty spaces in our educational system and economy," Syjuco said.

He stressed that the Ladderized Education is pro-poor, and empowers the young Filipinos.

" It offers you the opportunity to take control of your life, equip yourself with the skills and competencies you need to get a job, earn an income, eventually fulfill your dream of finishing college or beyond, and liberate you from poverty," he said.

TESDA is also targeting to include third year high school students for their information drive as it is believed that planning for college starts at that year.

Other highlights of the caravan include various activities aimed to prepare the people in finding the right job opportunities for them. TESDA staff offered Competency Assessment, Job Fairs, and Career Counseling to those interested to avail of the Ladderized Education Program.

Career caravans in other cities also attracted thousands of students. An estimated 11,000 students gathered in the caravan held in Pasay City, totaling to 99,000 students in all the legs so far.

" We are happy because we are giving hope to our Filipino brothers and sisters as they choose the career they want to pursue. We are providing them information as to which job has a great demand. And from there, they work on their training to fit in the job requirements," he said (PIA XI) [top]

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