DOLE and tripartite partners review, update Project JobsFit
"With the continuous improvement of the country's economy and further strengthening of its peaceful and harmonious industrial relations climate, the DOLE will brook to no obstacles and will be twice as intense as in the previous years three years in working to address job-skills mismatch."
Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz pledged this yesterday as she announced that the DOLE, together with its tripartite partners, has concluded the annual review of the project, Project JobsFit: DOLE 2020 Vision and is now in the process of integrating the findings of the review through a National Integration Workshop held at the Ichikawa Hall of the Occupational Safety and Health Center in Quezon City, also yesterday.
The DOLE led in the conduct of the workshop based on the results of earlier stakeholder consultations organized at the regional level across the country.
Close to 100 representatives from DOLE regional offices, Departments of Education, Science and Technology, Energy, Public Works and Highways, Environment and Natural Resources, Tourism, Social Welfare and Development, and Trade and Industry, Commission on Higher Education, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, National Statistical Coordination Board, National Economic Development Authority, National Statistics Office, and various industry stakeholders attended the National Integration Workshop.
Project JobsFit: DOLE 2020 Vision is a labor market signalling study that the DOLE initiated in 2009 as part of the its firm resolve to adopt coherent and innovative strategies to provide efficient employment facilitation services and to respond to the prevailing job-skill mismatch that underlies the unemployment and underemployment problems of the country.
The outputs of this study were consolidated in a report, published as Project JobsFit: DOLE 2020 Vision, and launched in June 2010.
JobsFit: DOLE 2020 Vision provides a map that guides jobseekers to their dream jobs and employers to their ideal workers through appropriate and relevant signals. It identified the key employment generators that have the potential to absorb the most number of workers from 2011-2020, namely, agribusiness, cyber services, health and wellness; hotel, restaurant and tourism; mining, construction; banking and finance; manufacturing; ownership dwellings and real estate; transport and logistics; wholesale and retail trade; and overseas employment.
It also named the industries which are seen to provide the most number of employment opportunities in the long term, namely, creative industries, strategic farming and fishing, power and utilities, and renewable energy.
"There had already been major changes on the current trends in the labor market since the study was conducted; as such, it is important to update the information contained in the document report," Baldoz said, adding that the government is steadfast in conducting roundtable discussions on policy inconsistencies and administrative inefficiencies that hinder job creation.
The National Integration Workshop has, for its objectives, the following: (1) present the progress made relative to the recommendations identified in the Project JobsFit: DOLE 2020 Vision; (2) provide technical inputs on demand and supply of skills and perspectives on job-skills mismatch; (3) discuss the findings of the JobsFit regional consultations to DOLE officials, including the members of the oversight committee and technical working group on JobsFit Labor Market Information (LMI) report as well as to other stakeholders; and (5) to develop a draft LMI Report.
The whole-day activity was divided in two parts. The first part included plenary sessions on such topics as "Objectives of JobsFit LMI Report and Post-Project JobsFit Progress Report; Where the Jobs Are; Where the Labor Supply Is; What Job-Skill Mismatch Is; Evidence of Occupational Surpluses and Shortages; and Summary Presentation of Regional Stakeholder Consultations' Report.
During the second part, participants were grouped into three geographic clusters comprising the Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao groups. Each group reviewed and validated their summary reports and responded to questions in line with issues and gaps on demand and supply competencies as well as on strategies and programs that will strengthen the government's job-skill matching system.
The National Integration Workshop is expected to produce an updated version of the Project JobsFit: DOLE 2020 Vision identifying the new set of key employment generators and emerging industries, together with the corresponding skill requirements on a national scale supported by regional action plans.
Baldoz expressed confidence that the review and update of the Project JobsFit: DOLE 2020 Vision will result to a flexible road map that would guide students and new entrants to the labor force in identifying college and technical-vocational courses they may pursue in order to land in a job relevant to their expertise, or to engage in self-employment undertaking right after graduation.
Toward this end, she called anew for sustained pro-activism from the government and its tripartite partners, saying that by working together inclusive growth and sustainable development can be fast achieved.
The efforts of DOLE in addressing jobs and skills mismatch is in-line with President Benigno S. Aquino III's 22-point labor and employment agenda, whose overarching goal is to invest in the country's human resource to make them more competitive and employable.