Pursuing its agenda of addressing unemployment and underemployment, the labor department has linked jobseekers and employers through job fairs and has created a job-ready workforce through its youth employment programs.
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said a total of 192,466 jobseekers were hired-on-the-spot (HOTS) during the nationwide job fairs and 314,449 youths were assisted with their school-to-work transition through the Special Program for Employment of Students (SPES), the Government Internship Program (GIP), and the JobStart Philippines Program.
“We are optimistic in our employment situation. However, we need to sustain our efforts to strengthen decent work gains and address the remaining employment challenges,” said Secretary Bello.
About 2,675 nationwide job fairs were conducted, which were attended by 1,087,966 jobseekers. Among the qualified job fair applicants, 192,466 were hired-on-the-spot by participating employers.
The Trabaho, Negosyo at Kabuhayan (TNK) program of DOLE and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has become the template of job fairs. This is where massive employment and entrepreneurship opportunities are made available to local communities especially next year when the government sets in full throttle the TNK at the grassroots level.
To provide employment opportunities to the Filipino youth, the Bureau of Local Employment (BLE), implements the SPES, the GIP, and the JobStart Philippines Program.
A total of 274,080 poor but deserving students, out-of-school youth, and dependents of displaced workers were given the opportunity to continue their education through SPES – an employment-bridging program aimed at providing beneficiaries with short-term job opportunities during summer and/or Christmas vacation or any time of the year.
Meanwhile, 35,377 Filipino college graduates were provided with internship experience in the government through GIP, a program that aims to enhance the employability of young and talented graduates by training them in government service.
The DOLE has also provided young Filipinos not in employment, education, or training (NEET) with full-cycle employment facilitation services through the JobStart program.
A total of 4,992 youth beneficiaries enrolled in the 10-day life skills training (LST), and there are those who found jobs during or after undergoing the LST, while others moved on to the technical skills training of up to three months and the company-based internships of up to six months.