Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz the other day once again encouraged jobseekers to avail of local job and career opportunities in the country during the Kapihan at Balitaan Media Forum Series at the Midas Hotel in Pasay City.
“Our local job market offers plenty of vacancies. At the PhilJobNet alone, the government’s official job search, job matching, and labor market information portal, some 40,510 local vacancies are available for jobseekers as of 23 March,” the DOLE chief said, citing the report of Bureau of Local Employment (BLE) Director Dominique Rubia-Tutay.
“The business process outsourcing industry is still leading in terms of vacancies posted at the job search portal, with 28,246 vacancies for call center agent position,” Director Tutay said in her report.
Other top local job vacancies posted at the PhilJobNet are as follows: service crew, with 6,442 vacancies; cashier, with 909 vacancies; sales clerk, with 755 vacancies; service engineer, with 544 vacancies; delivery driver, with 415 vacancies; company driver, with 413 vacancies; store supervisor, with 348 vacancies; bank teller, with 315 vacancies; and bagger, with 309 vacancies.
There are also 222 vacant positions for checker; 170 vacant positions for private tutor; 161 vacant positions for information technology specialist; 158 vacant positions for sales and marketing assistant; 144 vacant positions for air conditioning technician; 115 vacant positions for accounting clerk; 110 vacant positions for accounting assistant; 96 vacant positions for administrative assistant; 91 vacant positions for accounting staff; and 84 vacant positions for office clerk.
Other local employment opportunities are for waiter, with 80 vacant positions; accountant, with 76 vacant positions; human resource development assistant, with 72 vacant positions; civil engineer, with 58 vacant positions; marketing assistant, with 49 vacant positions; bookkeeper, with 42 vacant positions; mechanical engineer, with 33 vacant positions; company nurse, with 29 vacant positions; and cook, with 24 vacant positions.
“These are just some of the local vacancies posted at the PhilJobNet. I encourage our jobseekers to visit philjobnet.ph to get updated labor market information, such as the top vacancies, job fair schedules, and other relevant information that jobseekers may find handy in their job search,” Secretary Baldoz said.
Citing the data from the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), the DOLE chief said that a total of 692,602 are expected to graduate this year with most of them coming from the fields of business administration and related disciplines, education science and teacher training, I.T. related disciplines, engineering and technology courses, medical and allied courses, maritime, social and behavioral sciences, agriculture, forestry, fisheries, service trades, and natural science courses.
Furthermore, citing the result of the 2016 January Labor Force Survey, Baldoz said that although the number of young, unemployed persons, aged 15-24 years old has continued to decrease, youth unemployment was still 48.2 percent of the total 2.424 million unemployed Filipinos.
“The bulk of these unemployed young people are high school graduates, at 800,000. Unemployed college graduates stood at 480,000,” Secretary Baldoz said.
The Secretary added that the DOLE’s Government Internship Program, which benefitted 11,799 interns in 2015, and the Special Program for Employment of Students, which recorded a 51 percent increase in number of beneficiaries for the last five years, or at 816,825, have addressed job-skills mismatch among young jobseekers.
Addressing the unemployed youth, Secretary Baldoz reminded them to explore first the local labor market and take advantage of the employment opportunities offered here in the country.
“This event today is one of the DOLE’s strategies to facilitate local employment. With the uncertainties in the global labor market manifesting themselves, it is highly important to promote local jobs and support reverse migration,” Baldoz said.
The Kapihan at Balitaan Media Forum Series officially launched the DOLE-JobStreet Local Job Campaign, an advocacy drive which is aimed at promoting job and career opportunities in the localities.
The event also aimed to raise awareness on the employment facilitation services offered by the Public Employment Service Offices (PESO), and the newest locality-based youth employment facilitation program, JobStart Philippines.