Posted on: Friday November 15, 2019


2nd Bicol Career and Education Expo aim to answer challenges of learning
“The challenge students face now is not just mathematical operations. It is not just to know grammar and so on. It is to be able to participate in Industry 4.0, to be able to see through many information, think critically, solve problems, create and innovate,” said Undersecretary Nepomuceno Malaluan, Chief of Staff of Department of Education during his inspirational message as he highlighted the academic institution’s big burden in guiding learners through this rapidly changing world.

With the theme, “Bridging Boundaries in the Millennium Towards the Fourth Industrial Revolution”, the City Government of Naga, Metro Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Department of Education Region V and University of the Philippines Alumni Association Camarines Sur Chapter, held the 2nd Bicol Career and Education Expo at Robinsons Place Naga on November 7-9, 2019 as part of the celebration of the Bicol Business Month 2019.

The 2nd Bicol Career and Education Expo serves as an avenue especially for senior high school students to explore opportunities and know more about different academic institutions to help them set their career paths. A total of 25 booths of local and Manila-based colleges and universities, technical/vocational institutions and government agencies were present at the exhibit.

The Provincial Government of Camarines Sur, through CamSur Public Employment Services Office (PESO), was among the offices and agencies who participated as an exhibitor to promote their programs and services, especially the youth employment programs, training programs, and career coaching.

Panel discussions with representatives of different government agencies and inspirational talks from successful speakers were also part of the event’s program.

“I started with a dream. I ended it with reality. Don’t settle for less because we deserve the best,” shared Sandra Ramos as she inspired the young audiences with her success story. Currently, she is living her dream as a senior high school teacher at AMA Computer Learning Center (ACLC) Naga. She is also a provincial scholar and part of the El Verde Youth for Climate Action, which is a program of the provincial government committed to caring for the environment. Sandra’s story inspired many people when her post on Facebook went viral a few months ago. After her graduation, she posted an appreciation post for her father, who is a pedicab driver. Despite the struggle in making her dreams come true because of financial constraints, she graduated at the Bicol State College of Applied Sciences and Technology (BISCAST) as Magna Cum Laude.

The three-day event answered to the challenges of learning in a rapidly changing world by bringing together government agencies, students, and academic and vocational institutions to open up different perspectives and opportunities to explore, learn, and innovate in Industry 4.0, where 49% of employment estimated high-risk automation in the country.

Written By: Kyna De Castro

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