Fresh graduates and other first time jobseekers who are about to join the labor market are sure to find job hunting a lot easier and exciting as the DOLE has teamed up with the Commission on Higher Education in the deployment of additional job search kiosks (JSKs) across the country’s 16 regions.
Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz said this yesterday at the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the higher education agency to promote access to employment for jobseekers. The MOU signing, held at the CHED Conference Room, Higher Education Development Center Building, C.P. Garcia Avenue, U.P. Diliman, Quezon City, on 22 May, was attended by Baldoz, and other officials from DOLE, Undersecretary Reydeluz Conferido, DOLE Assistant Secretary Katherine Brimon, DOLE-NCR Director Alex Avila, Bureau of Local Employment Director Dominique Tutay, and Labor Communications Office Director Nicon Fameronag.
CHED Chairperson Patricia Licuanan also graced the event, together with other CHED Officials, namely: Executive Director Julito D. Vitriolo; Office of Planning, Research and Knowledge Management (OPRKM) Director Napoleon Juanillo Jr.; CHED Regional Office 4-B Director Virginia Akiate; and Office of Student Development and Services Director (OSDS) Cesar Medina.
“We have found a strong ally in CHED which, as part of the government’s Human Development and Poverty Reduction (HDPR) Cluster, has passionately shown interest and worked hard in addressing the issue of job-skills mismatch and high incidence of youth unemployment,” said Baldoz.
“I thank CHED for believing in the JSKs as an effective employment strategy. The signed MOU further seals our advocacy to bring jobs closer to all,” she added.
A Job Search Kiosk is an information portal housed in an ATM-type, stand-alone equipment, which provides information on local/overseas job opportunities and other employment-related information. It helps job seekers to fast-track access to relevant information on job openings, and employers’ hiring or upgrading requirements through TESDA programs and BLE career guides.
As spelt out in the MOU, the DOLE will provide 17 JSKs to CHED, which will place these at the Labor Market Information (LMI) corners in identified state universities and colleges (SUCs).
The JSKs deployed shall include in its software access to the CHED website and other related modules as follows: tuition fee per unit in the SUC to which it is located; Higher Education Institution (HEIs) master list; higher education enrollment statistics; and enrollment in Science, Technology, Engineering, Agri-Fisheries, and Mathematics (STEAM) program.
The labor and employment chief said that today’s young generation, known as “millennials,” are career-minded young people who grew up in an age of high-performance computers.
“The JSK’s svelte appearance and touch-screen feature are intended to attract more young jobseekers. The DOLE has tapped the power of ICT to address the job search need and guide the youth in building their career paths; and brought it down to the grassroots level,” Baldoz said.
Dominique R. Tutay, Director of the Bureau of Local Employment (BLE), said that on top of the 17 JSKs transferred to CHED, the DOLE has completed the deployment of 183 other JSKs in various DOLE offices, bureaus, and attached agencies since March 2015.
Of the 183 JSKs, 5 units are located in the DOLE Central Office in Intramuros, Manila; and one each in TESDA, PRC, and POEA. Others are deployed in the following DOLE Regional Offices: DOLE RO-9 with 15 units; DOLE RO-NCR with 6 units; DOLE ROs-2, 6, 7, 9, and 12 with 12 units each; DOLE ROs-5, 8, 11, CARAGA, and CAR with 11 units each; DOLE ROs-1, 4-A, and 4-B with 10 units each; and DOLE RO-3 with 9 units.
On top of the new JSKs deployed, other 109 old-model JSKs remains functioning in various DOLE ROs, and Public Employment Service Offices.
“The deployment of the kiosks is a boost to sustaining the progress of employment facilitation and in investing in the country’s human resource as pillars of decent work towards inclusive growth,” Baldoz said.
“The task of facilitating job matching and placement of job seekers as one of DOLE’s strategies is enriched with the aid of information and communications technology. The JSK serves as a virtual jobs fair site which will regularly churn out employment opportunities in the job market,” she added.