"Bring down to the grassroots 'jobs fit' opportunities through LMI," Baldoz tells BLE, regional offi

Date Posted: January 13th, 2012 12:00 AM

For its Bureau of Local Employment and regional offices, Labor and Employment Secretary Baldoz has another directive for 2012: They must effect greater involvement and intensive action in bringing down labor market information (LMI) to the grassroots to reinforce the employability and productivity of the country’s massive labor force.

“The year 2012 should be a year of relentless action. No less than President Benigno S. Aquno III has hit the ground running in the new year. We at the DOLE should follow suit in implementing a massive information and education drive on all available LMI to address the perennial problem of unemployment and job mismatch and to bring ‘jobs fit’ opportunities down the grassroots,” she said in baring the thrusts and programs of the Department for 2012.

“This year, we must act be pro-active and twice as intense as we were in 2011 in cascading the DOLE’s campaign to develop a jobs fit and productive labor force at local levels by informing and guiding new entrants to the labor force in identifying skills and competencies that would secure them the best jobs,” she added.

Making LMI accessible and available at the grassroots level is part of career guidance advocacy, the third of four convergent programs identified by the DOLE, TESDA, CHED, and DepEd that would address jobs mismatch.

The career advocacy program is seen to pave the way to making national and regional LMI, such as hot jobs, in-demand and hard-to-fill occupations, occupational briefs, career guides, industry guides, labor market intelligence, etc. more accessible to the public. Its implementation will involve the PESOs, network of guidance counselors, academe, training institutions, student councils, and industry associations.

Baldoz issued the directive after noting there had been an increase of 4.2 percent in the number of inactive unemployed population, based on the 2011 employment report of the DOLE’s Bureau of Labor and Employment Statistics. The increment translated to a slight increase of 15,250 persons per year, bringing to 1.511 million the number of inactively unemployed in 2010 from 1.450 million in 2006.

The National Statistics Office and the National Statistical Coordination Board define the unemployed as all persons who are 15 years old and over as of their last birthday and are reported as without work; currently available for work and willing to take up work in paid employment or self employment; and seeking work or not seeking work due to the following reasons: (a) tired/believe that no work is available (the discouraged workers who looked for work within the last six months prior to the interview date); (b) awaiting results of previous job application; (c) temporary illness/disability; (d) bad weather; and (e) waiting for rehire/job recall.

Citing the same BLES report, Baldoz explained that the common reason for the increase in inactive unemployed population was the belief that there was no available work to match the skills of every jobseeker.

“Clearly, there is a urgent need for us to expand and intensify LMI delivery to educate jobseekers and workers and guide them in their search for productive opportunities and available jobs in the local labor market,” Baldoz stressed.

LMI encompasses a comprehensive framework of the labor market situation on labor demand and supply; wages, hours of works; employer hiring practices; worker job preferences; and many other factors which shape employer-worker relationship, policies and programs of government, investment decision by employers, and job selection by workers among others.

The DOLE, Baldoz said, has allocated a budget of P50 million this year for its LMI delivery, programs, and activities, which consist of career guidance and counseling seminars and massive orientation on the Project Jobs Fit: DOLE 2020.

Project Jobs Fit: DOLE 2020 is a study that outlines in-demand and hard-to-fill occupations in the country’s 'key employment generating' dustries in the next 10 years.

In 2011, the BLE has distributed 2,000 copies of Project JobsFit publications to members of Congress, DepEd, CHED, DOST, DTI, NEDA, PESO Managers, schools and universities, DOLE ROs, and attached agencies. The electronic copy of the Project JobsFit can be accessed through the BLE’s website at http://ble.dole.gov.ph/.


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