Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday expressed delight over the tangible and solid progress in the DOLE’s effort to address the job and skills mismatch problem among the youth in 2013.
“We have again moved a notch higher this year compared to 2012,” she said, as she cited the 1,717,783 individuals the DOLE has reached through the conduct of 56,207 career guidance advocacy seminars, employment coaching activities, and other labor market information (LMI)-related training sessions nationwide in 2013.
“In 2012, we vowed to intensify LMI delivery down the grassroots. We remained committed to that undertaking, and I couldn’t be happier to report that, as the year draws to a close, we have successfully outdone ourselves again,” she enthused.
The year-end report of the Bureau of Local Employment shows that the DOLE this year proved to be more effective in reaching more audiences, with a total of 754,580 students and parents attending career guidance seminars–an increase of 73.20 percent increase over the 2012 record of 435,658 students/parents who have attended–even if the number of the seminars dipped, 4,836 in 2013 versus the 8,762 career guidance advocacy seminars in 2012.
Baldoz further reported that “efforts on employment coaching, likewise, delivered a good harvest”, as reflected in the 915,785 job applicants coached in 50,468 employment coaching activities this year. The figure represents a 69.35 percent increase from the record in 2012, which showed that 540,749 job applicants participated in 24,680 employment coaching activities.
The BLE noted that in 2012, the Department simply focused on career guidance advocacy activities for students/parents, and employment coaching seminars for job applicants, as enrolled in the DOLE’s Statistical Performance Report System.
The conduct of career guidance advocacy and employment coaching seminars is one of the DOLE’s responses to the challenge of expanding LMI delivery, and also to help jobseekers and workers make informed decisions in their search for jobs.
In 2013, the DOLE expanded its reach by hosting other LMI-related activities. These are as follows: 430 orientation meetings for 6,385 members of Public Employment Service Offices; 108 capacity-building activities for 3,517 Career Guidance Counselors and Advocates; and 365 training sessions for 196 Private Recruitment and Placement Agencies’ representatives and 7,320 Job-Service Contractors.
“I thank all our partners, public or private entities, in helping us end the year on a high note in labor market information delivery. We are hopeful we can collectively move with sustained action so that economic growth and sustainable development can be fast achieved,” Baldoz finally said.