The Department of Labor and Employment – National Capital Region (DOLE-NCR) conducted learning orientations to the CAMANAVA and Parañaque’s Public Employment Service Offices (PESO) on March 1 and 4, 2022 respectively.

Said activity is for strategizing on the measures that contributes to the growth of employment in the region and the drafting of Employment Facilitation Plan for the local government units.

The CAMANAVA session was held in coordination with TESDA CAMANAVA headed by Director Rolando De la Torre. In her message of appreciation, Director Rowella V. Grande of DOLE-NCR CAMANAVA Field Office thanked her counterpart for having the foresight on the importance of convergence in the sphere of employment. She likewise stressed that the key to economic growth as the region rebounds from the adverse effects of the health crisis is knowledge sharing. For his part, Director De la Torre expressed his appreciation on the immediate cooperation of DOLE and also affirmed Director Grande’s message in promoting collaboration to have a convergent approach in addressing the employment concerns of NCR.

In his lecture, DOLE-NCR Senior Labor and Employment Officer Ryan Roberto E. Delos Reyes of the Employment Promotion and Workers Welfare Division, gave the employment scenario of NCR and emphasized on the strength of the region’s economic drivers and its workforce. He also stressed the need for TESDA to collaborate with the logistics sector, particularly the port operations, as the skills of its workers are being developed by in-house training and without TESDA training regulations. He also mentioned said sector’s potential, emphasizing that the shores in Navotas City are connected with that of Manila and as such, can accommodate the spill-over of the latter’s growing port operations, provided that the city and its nearby areas have the qualified workers to fill-in the posts.

Delos Reyes’ session also includes other key employment generators and the needed qualifications of each industries in line with the Fourth Industrial Revolution. He said that robotics and artificial intelligence are the game changers in the labor market, adding that professions related to science and technology will be of high value in the labor market as the country progress towards the new normal.

On the other hand, the session in PESO Parañaque centered on entrepreneurship as the city is rebuilding its economy from the negative effects of the pandemic. In his remarks, PESO Manager Henry Leonardo emphasized the importance of knowing the needs of the labor market so as to present a comprehensive assistance to the clients. “This capacity building will enable us to be knowledgeable on entrepreneurship and give our stakeholders the needed information in this aspect of employment generation,” he said.

During the entrepreneurship session, Delos Reyes mentioned the growing number of internet utilization on both global and local scale and emphasized the need to have a share of the pie of the ever expanding online market. He also discussed the various tools to be used in the online business to maximize its potentials.

In both sessions on the Employment Facilitation Plan, Delos Reyes gave tips in increasing the output of the employment indicators such as strengthening of industry-academe linkage, conduct of industry fora, and monitoring and evaluation of programs for enhancement; among others. He also stressed the importance of skills development as it will complement the re-opening of the region’s economy and its expected employment generation.

The series of capability building on the Employment Facilitation Plan aims to compliment the national government efforts in employment recovery in response to the economic setback experienced by the region and the country in general due to the health crisis brought by the COVID-19.

END / Report and photo by Ryan Roberto Delos Reyes