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Caraga’s preparation for the 2018 WCO underway

posted Aug 15, 2018, 10:40 PM by Caraga Web Admin   [ updated Aug 15, 2018, 10:40 PM ]

BUTUAN CITY, August 13 – The preparation for the conduct of the 2018 World Café of Opportunities (WCO) in Caraga is on its final phase, thus said Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA)-Agusan del Norte Provincial Director Dr. Julius Sol O. Jamero.

The development came after the Executive Committee (ExeCom) Meeting was held today in one of the local hotels in Butuan City attended by members of the different committees graced by TESDA-Caraga Provincial Directors and Regional Director Florencio F. Sunico, Jr.

The WCO primarily aims to help technical vocational education and training (TVET) graduates find jobs specifically in the construction and tourism sectors, TESDA and OWWA scholarships, and possible availment of loan packages through identified financial institutions during the World Café of Opportunities.

In Caraga Region, the activity will be conducted on August 25, 2018 at Butuan Grand Palace Hotel, this city and registration for jobseekers starts at 7:00 A.M.

On August 26, the activity will be conducted at TESDA-Caraga Regional Office, G/F, Balibrea Building, Pili Drive here and will start at 7:00 A.M.

According to Dir. Sunico, the World Café of Opportunities is a jobs fair that will be held simultaneously in 17 regions of TESDA nationwide during the celebration of the National Technical-Vocational (tech-voc) Day on August 25.

It can be recalled that on February 7, 2018, President Rodrigo Duterte signed Republic Act No. 10970 which declares August 25 every year and thereon as National Technical-Vocational (Tech-Voc) Day nationwide.

Moreover, TESDA Director-General, Sec. Guiling “Gene” A. Mamondiong said the WCO will now be held twice a year on a regular basis or once in every semester in the respective regions or provinces in the coming years.

The TESDA Chief added, the training program aims to capacitate the officials and employees of the agency as well as its TESDA Technology Institutes in industry coordination to better prepare them for the implementation of this bi-annual event.

World Café of Opportunities in a sense, will open job opportunities and other employment support interventions which shall be offered and will be placed in various stations within the event area, where the jobseekers could roam around and pick the opportunity of their choice. The twin benefit strategy is one of the twists, where jobseekers are not the sole beneficiaries but even the partner agencies/companies.

Its target beneficiaries are TVET graduates, entrepreneurs, companies/industries with job vacancies, and returning overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and their qualified beneficiaries.

Among the services offered under World Cafe of Opportunities are job opportunities; basic/upgrading skills required for employment of TVET graduates and industry workers; technical assistance for TVET graduates/entrepreneurs so that they could avail of loan for their business; and training for OFW returnees and their qualified beneficiaries. (RER, TESDA-Caraga with Reports from PIU, TESDA-Central Office)