Providing relevant information on the current needs of the labor market is one of the key approaches in addressing job and skills mismatch. It is seen as a vital link that will enable the jobseekers, particularly the youth and new entrants to the labor force, in transitioning from the cloistered environs of the schools to the dynamic world of work.

As the region, as well as the country in general, is still reeling from the adverse effects of the health crisis, bridging the needs of the labor force is relevant so as to stimulate both the economy and employment.

In this premise, the Philippine National Police – National Capital Region Police Office joined the May 1 Labor Day Job Fair under the banner “Manggagawa at Mamamayan Bangon, Sulong!”. Said agency posted its 5,000 vacancies in the job fair. To be in congruence with the Trabaho, Negosyo, at Kabuhayan scheme, a seminar on Employment Coaching was conducted on April 30, 2021. Participated by 565 youth, the attendees are from the Sangguniang Kabataan and Kabataang Kontra Droga at Terorismo. DOLE-NCR Senior Labor and Employment Officer Ryan Roberto E. Delos Reyes of the Employment Promotion and Workers Welfare Division, acted as resource speaker for the session.

In his presentation, Delos Reyes discussed the importance of doing research on the position and industry an applicant is intending to apply or join. He stressed the need to be conscious of the practices of some recruitment agencies in order to entice applicants; emphasizing further to personalize their job search to avoid being victim of illegal recruiters. He also cautioned participants to be aware of any illegal activities, specifically posting vague job requirements or requiring immediate payment of various fees.

Delos Reyes also stressed the need to harness the potentials of the country’s demographics, giving emphasis on the youth. With the Philippines as one of the youngest countries on earth due to having one the largest youth population, he added that the activity was actually for the benefit of the participants to enable them to be aware of the labor market situation and prepare them for the eventual entry to the world of work. He added that the learning activity intends to harness their potential, manage their talents, and benefit from the demographic dividend, which is all for the country’s development.

During the Labor Day Job Fair, Delos Reyes oriented 601 youth participants on general information about the activity including the number of vacancies, participating establishments and agencies, and other online pre-employment services, among others.

END / Ryan Roberto Delos Reyes