According to DOLE Regional Director Grace Y. Ursua, this was brought about by strong linkages between the DOLE and its social partners like the Public Employment Service Offices (PESO) lodged in local government units or schools employers, academic institutions, peoples/workers organizations and other government agencies especially in the implementation of the agency’s job search assistance services.
From the 33,599 employment generated, 19,341 came from Pangasinan; 4,906 in La Union; 5,587 in Ilocos Sur; and 3,765 in Ilocos Norte.
Last year, PESOs and other stakeholders initiated 51 job fairs which resulted in 2,087 jobseekers getting hired-on-the-spot by local companies, according to DOLE-1 Information Officer Arly Sta Ana-Valdez.
Also, the labor market information (LMI) was able to reach 106,317 individuals like students, parents and jobseekers and 1,773 institutions like schools and organizations, making information about the most in-demand jobs, hard-to-fill-occupations, available skills, high-paying jobs, among others, available through the exchange institutions which include the already mentioned social players, Valdez added.
“Basically, through the LMI, our jobseekers are informed about the available vacancies in companies, and in turn, companies or employers get to know the available skills from a particular locality, thereby, facilitating job-skill matching,” Ursua explained.
However, Ursua said that the job-skill mismatch problem is continuously being addressed through the organization and strengthening of a network of guidance counselors and coaches wherein 27,012 secondary and tertiary students last year were guided in choosing which courses or career to pursue.
For this year, the DOLE and its social partners are poised to up the focus on local employment targeting a total of 22,688 employment regionwide by building broader networks, stronger coordination, and further increasing capabilities of program implementers,” Ursua said. (ANL/MBR-PIA 1 La Union with reports from DOLE-1/Arly Sta. Ana-Valdez)