In its 2nd Quarter 2022 Regular Meeting on 16 June 2022, the Social Development Committee (SDC) XI endorsed the results of the tracer study of Senior High School (SHS) graduates in Davao Region, which was spearheaded by the Davao Association of Catholic Schools (DACS) in close collaboration with CHED XI, TESDA XI, and DepEd XI. The study was approved by the Regional Development Council (RDC) XI through RDC XI Resolution No. 68, series of 2020, in response to the gaps identified by the SDC XI Technical Working Group (TWG) on K-12 implementation in Davao Region. The tracer study was aimed on enhancing an earlier tracer study of the DepEd, integrate components of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (FIRe) in SHS, and provide comprehensive data on the employability of SHS graduates in the Region. These shall form basis of K-12 curriculum or instruction enhancements and policy recommendations.

The study’s results show that 62% of participants completed the academic track and 38% completed the TechVoc track. Moreover, 83% of participants pursued higher education and 9.2% sought employment. The study implies that pursuing middle skills and entrepreneurship is less a priority among the participants. Three percent cannot identify their SHS curriculum exits (i.e. college enrollment, employment, middle skills, or entrepreneurship). These participants opt to stay home, awaiting better opportunities to pursue career paths. Specific recommendations contained of the tracer study will be endorsed to agencies, such as DepEd, CHED, and TESDA for the improvement of basic, technical-vocational, and higher education curricula.

Another matter deliberated by the Committee was the Davao Regional Development Research Agenda (DRDRA) Utilization Assessment Report for the 2017 -2022 period. A total of 145 projects and researches, implemented by 16 agencies/LGUs/consortia, were identified under the social sector, amounting to Php 6.73 million. The SDC XI recommended to strengthen the collaboration among the academe, research institutions, industries, local government units (LGUs), and national government agencies (NGAs) for the utilization of the Region’s priority research outputs, as well as the enhancement of the responsiveness of research products to market needs.

-Laurence Gido, Sr. EDS, NEDA XI