BAGUIO CITY, July 27 (PIA) - - The Department of Labor and Employment gathered partner agencies and other stakeholders in the labor and employment sector for a regional consultation in line with the government’s effort to address the prevailing job - skills mismatch underlying the unemployment and under-employment problem of the country.
The consultation held at Venus Parkview Hotel here last July 25 is part of DOLE’s effort in developing the “JobsFit 2022 Project Report”, a documentation that will enumerate the industries that will create jobs and skills needed now and the near future.
DOLE Assistant Regional Director Teodoro Delson stressed that every job need particular specialization and with the continuing changes in the job market, there is also a need for the labor force to adjust and match what the market demands in the next five or even 10 years.
With the help of partners and other stakeholders, DOLE hopes to flesh out JobsFit 2022 that aims to provide timely, relevant and accurate Labor Market Information, Delson said.
Based on the Technical Working Group LMI Desktop Review, DOLE JobsFit 2022 Focal Person Julienne Fortunato disclosed that top employment generators in the Cordillera region are Agri –business, tourism, electronics, construction and wholesale/retail trade.
For emerging industries, Fortunato named metals for airplane/aerospace machinery with the Baguio – based Moog Controls Corporation, and Information Technology – Business Process Management or Outsourcing with Baguio City included in the list of the top – 10 “Next Wave Cities” for the BPO sector.
Another emerging industry is mass housing as the government recognizes the importance especially in urban areas where settlements have become concentrated due to the growing economic opportunities, she added.
For the region’s labor force, in terms of profession the top five are teachers, nurses, criminologists, midwives and civil engineers based on the data from the Professional Regulations Commission.
In terms of recent college graduates (2011 to 2016), topping the list provided by the Commission on Higher Education is Business Administration and related courses, followed by Medical and Allied courses, Education Science and Teacher Training and IT related.
During the consultation, the participants were divided into workshop groups to identify the challenges and gaps and their suggestions on how to best address such concerns.
The consultation/workshop also looked into identifying possible partner agencies or linkages needed and other soft skills that employers are looking for to address the concern on job – skills mismatch.
As of October 2016, Philippine Statistics Authority data on Cordillera’s labor force (total population of 15 years old and above) is at 1.2 million. Employment rate stands at 95.4 percent while unemployment rate is at 4.6% and under-employment rate at 18.6%.
Under-employment refers to employed person who expresses the need to have additional income through additional hours of work or additional job or have a new job with longer working hours. Carlito C. Dar (JDP/CCD-PIA CAR)