THE Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) 7 has asked companies to provide the labor agency with essential job-related data and information for its JobsFit project, which aims to lower unemployment and underemployment cases, and job mismatch by 2020.
Dole 7 Director Elias A. Cayanong calls on companies, particularly in what it considers “key employment generators” in Central Visayas, like tourism, manufacturing, retail, creative industries, information and communications technology, and finance, to cooperate with the labor agency.
“We need to find out from each industry in-demand and hard-to-fill occupations as well as those which would readily provide employment, especially to the graduates of K-12,” he said.
In-demand occupations are active occupations or job vacancies posted or advertised recurrently by and across establishments and industries. Such occupations generally have high turnover or replacement rates and are essential in the operations of the company or business. Meanwhile, “hard-to-fill” jobs are job vacancies which the employer is having difficulty or taking a longer time to fill because of unqualified job applicants. It could also be, Cayanong said, that there is no supply of job applicants for the particular vacancy.
The Philippine Statistics Authority’s April 2017 Labor Force Survey showed there were 2.443 million jobless Filipinos, down from 2.625 million in April 2016. This translates to an unemployment rate of 5.7 percent from 6.1 percent. The underemployment rate, or the “proportion of employed persons wanting additional work,” reached its lowest in more than 10 years at 16.1 percent in April, down from 18.3 percent in April 2016.
The output of the JobsFit project will be shared with the Department of Education (DepEd) and Commission on Higher Education (Ched) as reference in revising and/or improving curricula. The output will also be used as essential material for the Career Guidance Advocacy Program, a convergent program of the Dole, DepEd, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, Professional Regulation Commission, Department of Science and Technology, and Ched.
Published in the SunStar Cebu newspaper on June 20, 2017.
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