The Department of Labor and Employment – National Capital Region (DOLE-NCR) joined the Job Fair of the Semiconductor and Electronics Industries in the Philippines Foundations, Inc. (SEIPI) at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City, Manila on November 17, 2022.

With the theme of “Harnessing Digital Transformation to Accelerate Economic Recovery,” the labor department, together with SEIPI, aims to provide job opportunities specific to the electronic industry of the country.

A total of 19 participating employees attended the event who offered a total of 1,440 vacancies for the aspiring applicants.

Some key officials graced the event, including DOLE Undersecretary, Ms. Carmela I. Torres; DOLE Bureau of Local Employment Officer-in-Charge (OIC), Mr. Patrick Patriwirawan, Jr.; DOLE Assistant Secretary, Atty. Paul Vincent W. Añover; BLE Employment Service Program Management Division Chief, Ms. Ana Liza M. Ragos; DOLE-NCR Makati-Pasay Field Office Director II, Atty. Olivia O. Obrero-Samson; DOLE-NCR TSSD-EPWW OIC, Mr. Rey Sanglay; Association of SEIPI Personnel Administrators Chairman, Ms. Airene Reyes; Executive Director of TESDA’s Qualification Standards Office, Mr. Lorenzo Emanuel Guillermo; and Public Employment Service Office (PESO) Pasay Manager, Ms. Filipinas Rosario Sampang.

In her keynote message on behalf of Labor Secretary Bienvenido E. Laguesma, DOLE Undersecretary Carmela I. Torres highlighted how the significant collaboration with SEIPI helps the Department’s goal of providing decent and better jobs for Filipinos.

“We intend to keep developing new engagements with the private sector by revisiting and strengthening partnership. Thus, we are truly grateful for this collaboration which also provides semiconductor and electronics industry employers the opportunity to select the most needed workers and support jobseekers in their quest for better jobs,” she said.

DOLE Undersecretary Carmela I. Torres mentioned the Department’s implementing policies and programs under the National Employment Recovery Strategy (NERS). The successful implementation of NERS will graduate to a national job creation strategy where the Department believes that industries like the Semiconductor and the Electronics Sector will significantly contribute.

 

The DOLE Undersecretary also discussed the PhilJobNet and emphasized that this labor market information portal serves as an automated job and applicant matching system to fast track the job searching of applicants and search monitoring of human resource management practitioners.

For its part, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), as represented by Executive Director Lorenzo Emanuel Guillermo, shared the emerging key technologies that will have an impact to the electronics sector in the Philippines and even abroad, which are the following: Industry Robotics, Artificial Intelligence and big data, Internet of things, and Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing). From a broad perspective, TESDA’s initiatives also serve a greater purpose in order to help individuals to become equipped and qualified skilled workers for their future career in the electronics industry. It’s collaboration with the Department’s goal in facilitating job opportunities to the people, serves a way to address the issue of job skills mismatched, low quality jobs, and weak productivity of the workforce through their life skills training.

Meanwhile, the following top 10 job vacancies among the 1,440 jobs were Production Operators (621), Equipment Specialists (150), Machine Operators (100), Apprentice Engineers (50), Engineers (21), Inspectors (20), Project Engineers (16), Technicians (15), Machine Technicians (14), and Manufacturing Product Engineers (14).

In total, 226 applicants were tagged as qualified or nearly hired, all of which are set for their final interview.

Still, the Department, together with SEIPI, is looking forward to seeing more of this collaboration in order to enhance the country’s economic growth in the said industry.

END / Mark Louie Conde with photos by Iris Iera Espeña and Mark Louie Conde