To address varied labor market demands DOLE, SFI Group of Companies set out P96-M Philippine Talent Map surveys
“With the right knowledge about the labor market, we make our students—our future workforce—armed and ready.”
Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz sounded anew this message as the DOLE’s Bureau of Local Employment teams up with Servicio Filipino Inc. (SFI) Group of Companies for the pilot implementation of the Philippine Talent Map Initiative (PTMI) to identify, categorize, and examine the current trends and issues that both the academe and industry face on workforce development.
The Talent Map, according to the Bureau of Local Employment, will serve as the springboard for the DOLE’s drafting of a concept note and a memorandum of understanding (MOU) establishing stronger coordination among the government, academe, and industry stakeholders.
“The surveys, once consolidated, will create a talent map that will serve as benchmark for policymakers in creating more relevant programs in addressing workforce issues,” BLE Director Dominique Tutay explained.
Baldoz, lauding the BLE for the initiative, said the PTMI focuses on creating an ecology that bridges the gaps among schools, industries, local government units (LGUs), and national agencies that have a stake in addressing labor market information gaps of a particular locality.
“It will enable the DOLE to compare data across other areas covered by the survey research,” she said.
Among the primary objectives of the PTMI is the evaluation of the competencies through standardized assessment and survey. This will help identify key strengths and weaknesses of learners and the workforce in terms of their preferences, career prospects, and must-have workplace competencies.
The program will be implemented for one year, with a pilot phase during the first four months of 2015 in the National Capital Region. A roll out phase for six months, from May to December 2015, will be conducted subsequently across 64 provinces in the country.
At least 720 individuals per city or municipality are required to respond to the PTMI survey. The said sample size is divided into four groups composed of students, trainees, employed workers, and unemployed jobseekers, with 120 respondents each.
Other LGUs, however, were allotted with higher number of respondents in consideration of population size, labor force participation rate, and number of large establishments or schools in the area.
A survey participant is required to (1) fill-up the National Skills Registration Program form and the PTMI supplementary information sheet to be provided by PESO; (2) signify interest in the study; (3) submit himself/herself for the 21st Century Skills Test; (4) attend group coaching; and (5) participate in the interview conducted by PESO and/or SFI Group facilitator.
The facilitators, on the other hand, are tasked to (1) interpret the test results; (2) evaluate implications of the scores; (3) provide interview tips; (4) propose possible employment opportunities; and (5) elicit action plans for future employment.
The PTMI is funded by the SFI Group of Companies through its pre-employment testing service facility—HireLabs which will spend P96 million in grants for the survey research. Each survey test costs P1,200 each and is estimated to cover a total of 80,000 respondents for the entire survey.
“Talent is an important component in ensuring long-term competitiveness of countries. While the Philippines still needs to address a couple of gaps to maximize the participation of its labor force, I am glad to say that we are on the right track,” Baldoz said.
“I am deeply thankful of the SFI Group of Companies’ generosity. Your consistent cooperation has made our country advance a step closer to improving employment generation and overall competitiveness the Philippine workforce,” she added.
The efforts of DOLE in addressing jobs and skills mismatch is in-line with President Benigno S. Aquino III’s 22-point labor and employment agenda, whose overarching goal is to invest in the country’s human resource to make them more competitive and employable.