Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday urged overseas Filipino workers to visit and browse the PhilJobNet (PJN) for local and overseas job opportunities and register in the system for easier job matching.
Baldoz also directed the Department’s 36 Philippine Overseas Labor Offices (POLOs) to step up their information advocacy for the PhilJobNet so that more OFWs would be able to know, understand, and access the system.
“We have many job opportunities for our OFWs here. Opportunities that will help them move forward in life; and aside from giving a boost in our local economy, they will also have the chance to work while being with their families,” said Baldoz.
Secretary Baldoz made the assurance after the Bureau of Local Employment headed by Director Dominique Rubia-Tutay reported that OFWs may access the PhilJobNet (PJN) and efficiently look for the right job on a 24/7 basis, for free. The PJN is the government’s web-based job matching facility and labor market information portal.
Baldoz, citing a report from Bureau of Local Employment headed by Director Dominique Rubia-Tutay, said that there were a total of 156,290 wage employment vacancies in the PhilJobNet in the period 1 December 2015 to 27 January 2016. Of these vacancies, 123,757 were for local employment, while the balance of 32, 533 were for overseas.
This means that there is an average of 81,000 job vacancies in the PhilJobNet in any given month.
According to Director Tutay, OFWs can easily access the Enhanced PhilJobNet through www.phil-jobnet.dole.gov.ph. She also advised OFWs who will visit the job portal to click “displaced worker” in the drop down menu when signing in. This will automatically embed the name of the worker in the PJN’s “Displaced OFW Masterlist”.
Job referral assistance is one of the services the DOLE offers under the Assist WELL Program, a package of comprehensive assistance and services to ensure that returning OFWs are immediately integrated in the mainstream of Philippine society,” said Baldoz.
The Assist WELL Program, a component of the National Reintegration Program, is a convergence of services and assistance of various DOLE agencies, namely, Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Bureau of Local Employment (BLE), Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns (BWSC), International Labor Affairs Bureau (ILAB), and the Labor Communications Office (LCO).
Early this month, Baldoz, through Administrative Order No. 21, Series of 2016, has directed the setting up of institutionalized Assist WELL in the offices of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), and National Reintegration Center for OFWs (NRCO).
The Phil-JobNet, according to Baldoz, has functioned continuously for more than a decade since it was first launched in 1998. It is now the leading job search and job and skills matching portal in the Philippines.