The Department of Education (DepEd), in support of its K-12 program, mandated academic institutions that offer Senior High School (SHS) education to implement work immersion programs. Work immersion enables learners to become familiar with the workplace, simulate work, and apply their competencies in authentic work environments. Further strengthened by the issuance of the DepEd Order No. 30, s. 2017, the program aims to help develop life and career skills and prepare learners to decide regarding post-secondary education or employment.
SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL WORK IMMERSION INDUSTRY FORUM
The Senior High School Work Immersion Forum was held at Marco Polo Hotel, Ortigas, Pasig City last September 22. Representatives from DepEd, People Management Association of the Philippines (PMAP), Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), and REX Book Store were present. With the intent of developing more meaningful work immersion experiences for students, the organizations discussed the current state and the future of employment for Filipinos. They also talked about how the program can benefit both the educational sector as well as the economy.
The Chief Operating Officer of REX Book Store, Don Timothy Buhain, opened the forum. He discussed the need for everyone’s involvement. He emphasized the importance of collaboration between academe and industry leaders in developing a strong work immersion program in the country. Former DepEd Secretary Dr. Fe Hidalgo discussed why REX’s Para sa Bata and Isang Nayon initiatives are crucial in nation-building.
Next, Ms. Robelyn Revilla of the Senior Labor and Employment Office of the Bureau of Local Employment discussed her situational analysis and the Jobstart Philippines program. The said program aims to provide additional trainings to the inexperienced. DepEd Representative, Mr. Mark Anthony V. Bercando then discussed the guidelines on implementing the K-12 work immersion program. Afterwards, REX’s CHR Manager Bonita Mendoza and PMAP Trustee Carmie de Leon shared best practices on the industry-academe partnership.
WHOLE PARTNERS FOR WHOLE EDUCATION
In concluding the forum, REX Book Store encouraged everyone to participate in its Isang Nayon initiative and become Whole Partners for Whole Education who dedicate themselves to nurturing the Filipino Whole Child. It called everyone to help nurture a Joyful Young Person who is ready to contribute to the community and build the nation. Through this, the participants of the forum hope to intensify the work immersion program and prepare graduates for the future.