Keeping Project JobsFit up-to-date
DOLE names new key employment generators, in-demand, hard-to-fill occupations

“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 three years in working to address job-skills mismatch.”

Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz sounded anew this challenge as she announced that the DOLE, together with its tripartite partners, has agreed to revise and update Project JobsFit: DOLE 2020 Vision, following its initial review through a National Integration Workshop held earlier this year.

“Project JobsFit was essentially reviewed; and we have found practical merit and significance to update the information contained in the document report. This, acknowledging the fact that there had already been major changes on the current trends in the labor market since the study was conducted,” Baldoz said.

“The ball is now in our hands to implement it amidst the intention of the President to boost the jobs situation in our country,” she added.

Project JobsFit: DOLE 2020 Vision is a labor market signalling study that the DOLE initiated in 2009 as part of 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.

As of press time, follow-up consultations with stakeholder-partners have identified 13 KEGs, namely: Agribusiness; Construction, Information Technology/Business Process Management; Health and Wellness; Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism; Wholesale and Retail Trade; Banking and Finance; Mining; Transport and Logistics; Manufacturing; Ownership, Dwellings and Real Estate; Education; and Power and Utilities.

The review also identified some 237 in-demand occupations. Of the number, 11 cross-cutting occupations, or those that appear in more than one industry, were named. These include: Accountant; Appraiser; Cahier; Checker; Checker; Driver; Machine Operator; Mechanical Technician; Security Guard; Teller; and Welder.

Current Project JobsFit likewise revealed 138 hard-to-fill occupations, where 8 occupations are seen to recur across all of the economy’s KEGS. These are Chemist, CNC Machinist, Computer Programmer, Geologist, Heavy Equipment Operator, Medical Technologist, Pharmacist, and Surveyor.

“From among these industries, we focus our efforts in trying to make jobseekers find a successful job match,” Baldoz said, adding that:

“We will now need to systematically build the environment necessary to cultivate workers’ skills and employability in approaching these in-demand and hard-to fill jobs to ensure the growth of our main employment generators now and in the future.”

According to the Bureau of Local Employment, the DOLE takes the lead in the conduct of roundtable discussions and consultations in an institutional scale across the country; and such review process was approached systematically on appropriate fronts through linkages with essential government departments and various industry stakeholders.

BLE Director Dominique Tutay bared that such updated Project JobsFit shall be presented before key agencies and tripartite partners as part of celebration of the National Manpower Summit, this December.

“The Summit intends to generate viewpoints from the participating sectors, identify the gaps in skills and competencies for local and overseas jobs, and formulate strategies and programs that government, industry, schools and training institutions could implement to generate the right workers required by each sector,” Tutay said.

She added that it will pave the way for the formulation of an Action Plan to identify the in-demand jobs and provide for active linkages that will generate the needed human resources by industries in the country and the rest of the world.

Questions about this release? You may visit or call the Bureau of Local Employment at the 6th Flr. BF Condominium, Solano St., Intramuros, Manila or at tel. nos. (632) 528-0087 or 527-2539.

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