SDS challenges graduating SHS students to Learn, unlearn, relearn to survive
Quoting lines from the books Rethinking the Future and The Origin of Species, Gingoog City Schools Division Superintendent emphasized students’ adaptability to changes as a mark of literacy and survival in the 21st century during the opening program of the Division-wide Senior High School Job Fair and Career Advocacy at the newly-constructed Don Restituto Baol Central School Covered Court, March 26.
Dr. Myrna T. Castaños, CESO V, referred to the words of Alvin Toffler and Charles Darwin in challenging the grade 12 TVL students from the public and private schools of the division to be adaptable to changes if they want to succeed in their future endeavours.
“The future of the next generation is bound to several changes, and you, our senior high school students are facing and experiencing these changes,” Castaños said.
She added that since many more changes are expected, the students need to constantly harness their skills because the ones that they previously learned may no longer be applicable in the future.
In her welcome message earlier in the program, Assistant Schools Division Superintendent Dr. Olga C. Alonsabe stressed on the promises of the K to 12 Curriculum which are education, employment and entrepreneurship and called on the graduating students to create jobs later on in their careers so that they can best serve the country.
Sheri Love M. Aguiman, the division senior high school coordinator underscored Republic Act No. 10533, the Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2013, in her statement of purpose and pointed out the goal of DepEd to create globally competitive graduates through its vision of establishing a system of education that truly imbues the Filipino youth with the necessary, relevant 21st century skills.
Aguiman specifically identified the aims of the activity which included providing the senior high school students job opportunities, offering higher education and technical-vocational institutions a platform to introduce their schools and course offerings, building confidence among students in terms of job interview processes like writing the resume and cover letters, strengthening senior high school awareness, and creating partnerships among stakeholders.
Naneth Pamisa, a TVL-Dressmaking student of Gingoog City Comprehensive National High School who won third place in the National Technolympics 2018 in Dumaguete City and Jun Pahilacan, a TVL-Horticulture student of Jacinto D. Malimas Senior National High School shared how the K to 12 program paved the way for their invidivual success stories to their fellow participants.
CID Chief Pablito Altubar closed the program which was anchored on the theme “Realization of Trabaho, Negosyo, and Kolehiyo,” with another challenge for the students to do their best in their future undertakings.
The team of Jose Errol Natividad of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Region X opened the second part of the program with a lecture on how to prepare job seekers for the world of work and an orientation on the Special Program for Employment of Students (SPES) and the Government Internship Program (GIP).
Dr. Greg Cubio, Administrator of University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines (USTP) Claveria campus also invited the students who are interested to enrol in the fields of environmental engineering and its related courses to undergo a free entrance exam to be given later in the day.
The school administrator of Community College of Gingoog City (CCGC), Joel Dalde, introduced the course offerings for the school year 2018-2019, namely, Bachelor of Science in Entrepreneurship, Bachelor of Science in Agri-Business, and Bachelor of Arts in Economics.
The school, the newest player in the city’s HEIs, will be run in partnership with the University of Makati and will offer Gingoognons free tuition fee, Dalde said.
The program ended with a job interview for Prince and entrance tests for USTP and CCGC.