Career congress held to address job mismatch



President Benigno Aquino III. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Six government agencies and concerned stakeholders on Thursday convened a career guidance congress to address the mismatch between available human resources and the kinds of jobs required by Philippine industries.

President Benigno Aquino III thanked the participants, career guidance counselors and stakeholders at the National Career Advocacy Congress for taking the time to formulate programs that would guide students in choosing the right course that would guarantee stable employment after graduation.

He cited the efforts of the Department of Labor and Employment, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Department of Education, Commission on Higher Education, Professional Regulation Commission and Department of Science and Technology for organizing the conference.

“This serves as a launching pad of plans and programs that will guide the future of the Filipino youth. Thank you very much to our career guidance counselors for guiding our youth towards growth,” Mr. Aquino said.

“With your help, we can prevent the hasty entry into fields that offer no employment opportunities,” he added.

Mr. Aquino indicated that good governance had already resulted in P746.8 billion worth of investments in 2011. He said this had resulted in the creation of 194,917 jobs.

The amount of investments in 2011 represented an increase of 37.6 percent from P542.7 billion in 2010.

“It’s clear where good governance is taking us. We are moving towards growth,” the President said.

He said a total of 1.1 million jobs were generated in 2011. While he considered the figure considerable, the President wants to further increase it in the coming years because of the one million added to the country’s work force every year.

Malacañang said the congress was the flagship activity of the Career Guidance Advocacy Program, one of the four programs under the human development and poverty reduction cluster of the Cabinet. Norman Bordadora

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  • BongV

    That’s a waste of taxmoney.

    Why should taxpayers be limited to the needs of the Filipino businesses that provide lousy expensive services. Why should we let our graduates put up with the LOUSY uninnovative Filipino workplace – low wages, asinine supervisors,

    There is only a limited number of Filipino businesses that can absorb the supply of graduates.

    Better to open up the market and allow foreign investors to hire our graduates.

    Also, open the education market to allow 100% foreign ownership. Why should consumers of education services choices be limited to the LOUSY local Filipino schools. Open the economy let true WORLD-CLASS educators come in – Harvard, Stanford, Cambridge, Oxford. Allow education innovators like Phoenix University, Kaplan, and the like.

    Having more suppliers of education services will help drive prices down, make our graduates more competitive – instead of putting up with the usual antiquated Philippine schools.

    Career congress is pure ka engengan

    • $20926843

      Agree! This is just a press ops and knee jerk reaction of this NOYNOYING Regime to the recently published poll survey report of SWS on the considerable increase of joblessness in the country. Previous administrations have done this, but it leads to nothing and negligible result…..

  • UsoUso82

    after 3 decades of being a philippines college graduate, this is a first time that addressing the education mis-match has reach the palace. this must be tackled as no. 1 priority bec of declining competitiveness in the market place after-all being an OFW will be the major employment task for everyone today. our neighbors which needs to learn english first before they can be employable has over-run our recent graduates when applying for more lucrative jobs in north america bec they have a good post-graduate schools. however, at least the palace now has heard of what it needed most to address the education issue today. 

  • Jon

    Obvious damage control to counter the latest negative data on unemployment.
    Unfortunately, the awful unemployment status has corresponded to the worsening peace and order situation in the country.
    The swelling ranks of the unemployed have had to resort to petty crime and theft in order to make ends meet for their starving families.
    From what stared as the administration’s simple neglect of the socio-economic management of the country has spawned into the erosion of it to near-anarchy and absolute hopelessness.    

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