With enhanced Phil-Job.Net in full-swing
Vacancy postings reach 320,000; registered establishments tally 5,200 in Jan-June 2014

Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday expressed elation over the report of the Bureau of Local Employment (BLE), a DOLE bureau, saying job openings posted by employers in the government’s job search and job and skills matching facility, the Phil-Job.Net, have reached 320,440 vacancies during the first semester of the year, majority of which are in local establishments.

“This demonstrated the continuing growth of opportunities in the local labor market,” said Baldoz, adding:

“Overseas employment opportunities have also been posted in the job portal by accredited overseas employers which safeguards applicants from illegal recruitment.”

The BLE, the DOLE’s bureau tasked to monitor and maintain the operations of the enhanced Phil-Job.Net, reported that vacancy postings in regions for the first semester have reached higher levels, as follows:

NCR—137,897; CAR—15,601; Region 1—15,527; Region 2—2,655; Region 3—48,348; Region 4A—3,112; Region 4B—56; Region 5—9,097; Region 6—6,502; Region 7—34,146; Region 8—550; Region 9—1,808; Region 10—1,517; Region 11—29,256; Region 12—7,309; and CARAGA—7,059.

According to BLE Director Dominique R. Tutay, the BLE, which hosts the Phil-JobNet, continues to campaign hard for employers to register their vacancies, in consonance with the overarching goal enunciated by President Benigno S. Aquino III, in his 22-point labor and employment agenda “to invest in our country’s top resource, our human resource, to make us more competitive and employable” by “addressing the labor-mismatch problem and promoting better coordination between employers, academia and government.”
Baldoz observed that the enhanced Phil-JobNet is now the leading job search and job and skills matching portal in the Philippines, with its private sector partners closely trailing behind.

“Thus, the Phil-JobNet is gaining increased reliance from a wide range of local and overseas employers,” she said.

Director Tutay also reported that the e-Phil-JobNet has now a total of 3,818 accredited establishments out of the 5,237 registered establishments in the site.

This number is distributed per region, as follows:

NCR—899 accredited out of the 1,605 registered establishments; CAR—200 of the 214; Region 1—88 of the 98; Region 2—104 of the 105; Region 3—991 of the 1,072; Region 4A—34 of the 80; Region 4B—50 of the 82; Region 5—62 of the 83; Region 6—130 of the 208; Region 7—177 of the 360; Region 8—87 of the 96; Region 9—42 of the 57; Region 10—139 of the 158; Region 11—180 of the 339; Region 12—404 of the 449; and CARAGA—231 of the 231.

Tutay further reported, however, that while the enhanced facilities of the website have gained much favor from a dynamic pool of employers, the Phil-Job.Net still needs to be popularized, the reason why according to her, the BLE has outsourced the development and design of a new logo and website for easier recall and better recognition.

Last week, the DOLE signed a memorandum of agreement with SFI Group of Companies; Career Hub Network Corp.; JobStreet Select, Inc.; Quantum X, Inc.; and The NowGroup to ensure a wider reach of the e-Phil-JobNet.

In emphasizing active private sector participation to address the job-skill mismatch, the labor and employment chief emphasized to the new DOLE partners that the “government needs your active engagement for us to succeed. We can make a difference by working together to enrich the DOLE-business community partnership towards decent and productive employment for all.”

As partner organizations, the said companies have agreed, under the MOU, to provide the best career and employment opportunities for jobseekers free of charge, as well as facilitate the search for qualified manpower of employers through the enhanced Phil-Job.Net.

“The Phil-Job.Net has functioned continuously for more than a decade now since it was first launched in 1998; and its utility will continue to grow. Our thrust to enhance the site as an engine of labor market information and job-skills matching is in pursuit of the agenda of the Aquino government to reinvigorate labor and employment,” Baldoz finally said.


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