“With the steady improvement of the country’s economy and further strengthening of its peaceful and harmonious industrial relations climate, the DOLE will continue to work hard to address job-skills mismatch.”

Thus Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz said anew yesterday as she announced that the DOLE, together with its tripartite partners, has agreed to adopt the revised and updated Project JobsFit: DOLE 2020 Vision following its thorough review this year.

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

“The ball is now in our hands. We have to implement the recommendations in the report 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 the its firm resolve to adopt coherent and innovative strategies towards efficient employment facilitation and to respond to the prevailing job-skill mismatch that underlies the Philippines’s unemployment and underemployment.

The updated study identifies 13 key employment generators, 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.

It also names 237 in-demand occupations, 11 of which are cross-cutting occupations, or those that appear in more than one industry. These include  Accountant; Appraiser; Cahier; Checker; Checker; Driver; Machine Operator; Mechanical Technician; Security Guard; Teller; and Welder.

Project JobsFit likewise identifies 138 hard-to-fill occupations, eight of which are seen to recur across all the KEGs. These occupations are those of 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 build systematically 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.”

Baldoz said the DOLE, through its Bureau of Local Employment, led the conduct of roundtable discussions and consultations in an institutional scale across the country.

“We have approached the review process systematically on appropriate fronts through linkages with appropriate government departments and various industry stakeholders,” she said.

BLE Director Dominique Tutay bared that the 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,” she said, adding:

“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.”

Any question about this release? Visit the Bureau of Local Employment at the 6th Flr. BF Condominium, Solano St., Intramuros, Manila or call (632) 528-0087 or 527-2539.

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