The Department of Labor and Employment – National Capital Region (DOLE-NCR) started its information dissemination on the region’s labor market situation through the conduct of seminar advocacies for the Public Employment Service Offices (PESO) in Metro Manila.

Entitled “How the COVID-19 Pandemic is Reshaping the Labor Market,” the module contains the current regional labor market information (LMI), resilient jobs in the region, and tips in acing employment in the new normal. The educational material also provides insights on the Fourth Industrial Revolution (FIRe) and how it impacts the future of work.

For this year, the PESO of Valenzuela and Mandaluyong were the first partners in the local government to get fresh updates on LMI, which were held on February 22 and March 1, respectively. DOLE-NCR Senior Labor and Employment Officer Ryan Roberto E. Delos Reyes of the Employment Promotion and Workers Welfare Division, acted as resource person for said activities.

The DOLE-NCR representative presented a comparative data of the employment situation in the region and shared his analysis. Participants were also updated on the identified key employment generators in NCR and its present situation relative to the effects of the lockdowns due to health crisis. He further related the results of the labor market study with the demands and changes brought by the Fourth Industrial Revolution (FIRe), emphasizing that the health crisis hastened the demands for technological advancement. He added how the pandemic and FIRe have altered and redefined the way people do and see things. Such changes brought by these two situations, he said, could either make or break the current and future generations and believed that its potentials should be harnessed and find solutions to any identified setbacks.

During the open forum, Valenzuela City PESO Manager Josephine Osea said even if several companies were affected by the health crisis, their City’s economy and employment were not adversely affected considering that their locality is home to most number of manufacturing companies that produces food and other basic necessities. For her part, Mandaluyong City PESO Manager Emma Javier mentioned the different interventions initiated by the local government in response to stimulating their City’s economy.

The seminar advocacies are part of the Department’s commitment to its conduits at the local level to ensure provision of relevant labor market information and enhance the capabilities of duty-bearers in efficiently delivering employment programs and services to constituents.

END / Ryan Roberto Delos Reyes