Career counsellors need not look far for a resource person more inspiring than Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Undersecretary Dominador Say.
Himself admitting he had a trouble youth finding difficulty in conforming to law and order and regulations, Say said his friends watched him get his life out of control, finally landing him to the list as the most notorious student leader in the SVD-run Divine Word University in Tacloban.
I could have been guided properly, had there been career guidance counsellors then, he recalled.
His joining a college fraternity while taking up Civil Engineering helped diffuse his unspent energies as he had rebellious streaks in his school days.
He said, for lack of guidance, he had every trouble in school attributed to his name, and when he took up Bachelor of Laws, he was accordingly not give the chance to participate in the graduation.
His problems in fact brought more complications when the school refused to grant him a certificate of good moral character, a primary requirement in taking the bar examinations for lawyers.
The son of a labor lawyer, Say said his father and a group of lawyers found a way to skip the moral character requirement by vouching for his person at the Supreme Court.
I could have used some advice, he stressed, while stating that a construction engineer who wanted nothing of the sorry life of a drunkard at the construction site had to find taking law course as a pleasant excuse.
With his fraternity brothers influencing him, the lawyer who was declared persona non-grata in his school soon drilled his way into the Associated Labor Unions-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines as a labor lawyer in defense of workers where he gained his skills in labor-employee relations, grievance handling in his next two decades of legal practice.
Tucking in his belt now an extensive experience as a senior professional with an extensive private sector experience, Usec Say soon became legal affairs director and a close confidante of Labor secretary Silvestre Bello.
But his long and circuitous route in life could have been shorter, had he had a good career adviser while young.
“Talking about career guidance counselling is something special for me, he bared during the 3rd Regional Career Advocacy Congress held at the Metro Center Hotel, last week.
The Regional Career Advocacy congress, a joint project of the DOLE, Department of Education (DEPED), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Professional Regulations Commission (PRC), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), and Commission on Higher Education (CHED) picked Usec Say as keynote speaker to a modest gathering of students and graduates from across Central Visayas eager to get career and employment facilitation in the regional gathering of experts here.
In the congress overview, Region 7 Network of career Guidance Counsellors president Dr. Bonifacio Mercado Jr., said the conference aims to capacitate career guidance stakeholders with accurate labor market information.
The gab also intends to update stakeholders on recent information as it aims to recognize the potential of career growth as well as identify roles of stakeholders in career production.
“It is always inspiring to see and meet our employment facilitation partners convening and updating yourselves with labor market information, through this congress. Your role in influencing the career decisions of the future members of the country’s labor force is crucial in determining not just the quantity but the quality of the country’s labor capital produced by the education and training system,” he said.
He also urged government agencies cooperating in the congress to produce job ready human resources-the right fit for the right job at the right place at the right time, emphasizing on the skilled and competitive human capital.
Say sits as the DOLE head of the Employment and Policy Support Cluster. (PIA)