The demands of the labor market continue to progress even at a standstill experienced by the National Capital Region (NCR) due to COVID-19 pandemic. Last year’s health crisis has altered the regional landscape that ushered in a new era of normalcy. It has produced demands that are not evident in the past—demands that if not immediately responded may have an adverse impact in the region’s labor market.

On that note, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) – NCR started a series of seminar advocacies to the students of basic education to ensure that they will have informed career choices. The Eulogio Rodriguez Integrated School in Mandaluyong and various schools in Pateros were the first to be provided with the current Labor Market Information (LMI) on March 5 & 11, 2021, respectively. More than 500 students in Mandaluyong and around 1,600 students in Pateros attended the webinar.

DOLE-NCR Senior Labor and Employment Officer Ryan Roberto E. Delos Reyes of the Employment Promotion and Workers Welfare Division served as Resource Speaker in both activities. During the discussion proper, he presented a comparative data of the region’s labor market landscape prior to and during the height of the pandemic. He also provided information and analysis on the presented figures and explained the current situation of the Key Employment Generators (KEGs) in NCR, including identified resilient jobs.

He also shared information on the Fourth Industrial Revolution (FIRe) and related how the demands for technological advancement hastened at the time of pandemic. He further noted the needed skills to be developed in line with the demands of FIRe such as skills that fall under the STEM (Science and Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) educational track, which serves as the backbone of the Industry 4.0. As such, the DOLE-NCR representative also emphasized that the inclinations of the students are recommended to be honed under the guidance of said educational track.

To make the seminar advocacy more holistic, the DOLE-NCR representative also shared the hiring practices in the new normal, putting emphasis on the use of online platform. He also raised some possible questions to that could be asked during interviews to help prepare the future jobseekers.

The students thanked DOLE-NCR for conducting the learning session, which allowed them to reflect on their potential skills and the kind of work they would like to have in the future based on the labor market demands in Metro Manila.

END / Ryan Roberto Delos Reyes