The Department of Labor and Employment – National Capital Region participated in the Regional Population Executive Committee Meeting on May 13, 2022 at the Bayview Hotel, Roxas Blvd., Manila. The Office was represented by the personnel of the Employment Promotion and Workers Welfare Division, Mr. Ryan Roberto E. Delos Reyes, Senior Labor and Employment Officer and Ms. Mary Chelsea A. Espinosa, Labor and Employment Officer II.

In her opening remarks, OIC – Assistant Regional Director Jane Casimiro expressed her desire to have a productive meeting to thresh-out concerns as well as contribute to the indicators included in the plan. She likewise mentioned her gratitude for the attendance of the inter-agency members.

During the plenary discussion, indicators on the population management were provided so as to give the attendees a clear view of the government initiatives and perspective on population development. Also presented is the draft Memorandum of Understanding among agency members as regard roles and contributions on population management.

As for the Demographics Dividend, Delos Reyes commented on the presentation and encouraged the participants to have a deep appreciation of said indicator so as to contribute properly on utilizing the talents of the populace, particularly the youth. He also explained the importance of addressing the talents mismatch through various employment interventions to increase the workforce’s employability and their skills profile.

Delos Reyes also reminded the other agencies that are likewise stakeholders on youth development about the Fourth Industrial Revolution (FIRe) and its anticipated effects in education and employment, particularly its relation with the current health crisis.

He specifically said that the COVID-19 pandemic has really hastened the country’s embrace to the technological advancement brought by the FIRe and added that it is therefore important that the future entrants to the world of work as well as those in the labor market be provided with information that will guide their career decisions to harness the potentials of the workforce and benefit from the demographic dividend.

DOLE-NCR has been part of the executive committee as the Department implements the Family Welfare Program which encourages the implementation of its 10 dimensions which includes health and nutrition, education, and family planning; among others.

END / Ryan Roberto Delos Reyes