Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz set the bar higher in bringing job opportunities closer to more jobseekers as she reported that the number of posted job vacancies at the government’s official job and skills matching and job search facility, the Phili-JobNet (PJN), has reached a new high, with 268,278 job vacancies posted as of 15 January 2013.
“This is the first time that the Phil-JobNet registered an all-time high of 268,278 job vacancies posted at the Phil-JobNet website, proof positive that our labor market information dissemination strategies are working,” she said.
“This is also the first time that job vacancies uploaded by different companies, both local and overseas, exceeded the number of registered applicants by over 100,000. This reflects the effectivity of the PJN as a hub of job and skills opportunities and an engine of labor market information in pursuit of the agenda of the Aquino III administration government to reinvigorate labor and employment,” Baldoz added.
On the supply side, Baldoz reported that the number of registered worker-applicants as of 15 January 2013 has reached 116,795.
The labor and employment chief emphasized the significance of the increased job vacancy postings at this time of the year, happening as it does at the expected influx of graduating students who shall be looking for jobs by April.
According to Baldoz, the number of job vacancies posted in the Phil-JobNet averaged only between 20,000-40,000 at the start of the Aquino III administration.
The Phil-JobNet was launched on 1 May 1998 during the time of President Fidel Ramos. On 6 November 1998, President Joseph Ejercito Estrada launched the current version as part of his administration’s pro-poor program. Thereafter, regional launchings were done as part of the advocacy strategy to popularize an information technology-based employment service.
An online job board where jobseekers are matched with current available vacancies in the labor market, the PJN provides timely, relevant, and readily accessible information on job vacancies and job applicants at no cost to both jobseekers and employers registered in the system.
In mid-2010, only about 3,000 establishments were accredited with the PJN registering an average of 35,000 job vacancies. The deployment of Job Search kiosks and the DOLE’s relentless advocacy for its use by the Public Employment Service Offices (PESOs), other employment intermediaries, and industries have increased the number to 7,000 establishments with an average of 100,000 posted job vacancies.
This year, a more ‘user–friendly’ web-based job matching facility and labor market information portal will be made accessible to jobseekers for free as the Phil-JobNet is re-engineered to contain new features that will enable jobseekers to efficiently look for the right job on 24/7 basis.
Some of the new features are the integration of the skills registry system (SRS), development of which is ongoing; and the DOLE Data Warehouse subsystem which will integrate TESDA, PRC, POEA, and OWWA databases and allow verification of skills, professional certification, and/or licenses.
A flexible matching system will also be installed to accommodate matching of job applicants to a vacancy, according to the general and specific requirements set by employers. This will also enable employers to join job fairs through advanced online registration, invite applicants for interview and, at the same time, allow applicants to respond or to request to reset interview schedules. With this system in place, an applicant can also pre-register for a scheduled job fair.
The Phil-JobNet will now also contain an interactive map where applicants can view available jobs, livelihood projects implemented, or training programs being conducted at the regional and provincial levels, including available overseas jobs; list of top hiring companies; and a PESO Performance Monitoring System (PPMS).
“These new features and enhancements of the Phil-JobNet will further result to better delivery of our employment facilitation services,” said Baldoz.
Baldoz credited the remarkable increase in the Phil-JobNet job postings to the active cooperation of labor, employers, local government units, other agencies, and civil society with the DOLE, through the Bureau of Local Employment, in advocating for the use of the Phil-JobNet.
She encouraged job seekers to apply through the system, saying employers posting in the facility are vetted by the DOLE, through the BLE, so applicants are assured that the vacancies posted are for real, not bogus, jobs.
“The shelf life of a vacancy in the Phil-JobNet is 30 days, after which it is removed,” Baldoz said.
Baldoz explained that the DOLE’s strengthened convergence with employers leads to the availability of more decent and productive job vacancies to applicants, including fresh graduates and new entrants to the labor force.
“This 2013, we are on our way towards a brightened employment picture, leading to a more dynamic labor market, and contributing to the Philippines’s economic competitiveness and growth,” she added.
“If our partners—LGUs, together with schools and other institutions, the private sector, the tripartite partners, and civil society—continue their strong support, I am confident that we can sustain the employment gains we have recorded in 2012 and look forward to higher employment levels through the rest of the year,” she finally said.
To visit the PJN website, go to http:/www.phil-job.net/