The Public Employment Service Office of Pasay City on February 16, 2012, visited different barangays to map the skills of its residents as part of the second wave of implementation of the National Skills Registry System (NSRS), a skills mapping project spearheaded by the Department of Labor and Employment. The NSRS is a national database of live registry of skills that links the country's active labor supply, including information on the qualifications and skills of registrants and current manpower demands, both locally and abroad.
Initially, the City Government of Pasay fielded twenty six enumerators to do the skills mapping covering two hundred one (201) barangays. With this number, the Pasay City PESO decided to divide them into four zones. The enumerators started off with zone 1, covering eight barangays namely barangays 1, 2, 3, 14, 15, 16, 17 and 7.
Speaking before the Barangay Chairmen in Pasay City during the NSRS launching on February 13, DOLE-NCR OIC-Assistant Regional Director Nelson C. Hornilla expressed his confidence that the NSRS will slowly solve the problem of unemployment by identifying the skills and training needs of the residents in Pasay City. “Sa NSRS, kapag nagpatala ang ating mga contituents sa mga enumerators na bibisita sa inyong mga barangay, malaki ang posibilidad na sila ay makakahanap ng mapapasukang trabaho na tugma sa kanilang kakayahan, mula sa mga kumpanyang nangangailangan nito.” Bukod sa trabaho, dito rin malalaman ang mga kakailanganing kasanayan upang higit na mahasa at malinang ang kanilang kasanayan bilang manggagawa,” said Director Hornilla.
According to Mr. Roger C. Peyuan, the former Director General of TESDA, who is now a consultant to the Office of the Mayor for PESO, Livelihood and Cooperative matters, the City Government of Pasay is ready to provide the skills training needs of its constituents given the result of the NSRS. “Once the skills training needs of our residents are identified through the NSRS, they can readily avail of the training courses funded by the Office of the Mayor and the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) of Congresswoman Imelda “Emi” Calixto-Rubiano. These are market driven courses like bar tending, barista, food and beverage, waitering, housekeeping and house services, massage and reflexology, and IT related training courses,” said Mr. Peyuan.
Graduates to these training courses are required to pass the assessment for the National Certification I (NC-I) of the Technological Education and Skills Development Administration (TESDA), so they can easily get a job during job fairs, which the Pasay City PESO continuously conduct. Companies now-a- days would prefer applicants with TESDA certificates who are NC holders.
Pasay City Mayor Antonio Calixto said that taxpayer’s money should be used for worthy projects like education, skills training and livelihood for the Pasay City constituents. “Hindi natin dapat panghinayangan ang mga training at scholarships na ating ibibigay para sa mga mamamayan lalo na yung para sa kabataan, dahil darating ang panahon na mapapakinabangan ito ng ating pamahalaang lungsod at ng ating mga mamamayan mismo,” said Mayor Calixto.
The Mayor assured the increase of fund allocation for scholarship grants, livelihood and skills training to ensure that Pasay City residents will become assets and not menace to society. The mayor believes that this will eventually emancipate Pasay residents from hardships in life. “Kapag maging assets ang ating mga kababayan ay unti-unti ng mawawala ang problema, at mawawala na ang kaguluhan dito sa ating lungsod dahil meron na silang pagkakaabalahang kapaki-pakinabang para sa kanilang pamilya,” the Mayor said. He enjoined the cooperation of his constituents to work together to achieve positive change in the city.
The Pasay City Government represented by Honorable Mayor Antonio Calixto and his sister Congresswoman Imedla Calixto-Rubiano signed the Memorandum of Understanding between the Department of Labor and Employment – National Capital Region, represented by Director Hornilla to implement the National Skills Registry System in Pasay City.