Many jobs, many job seekers, too few job-skill matches

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Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz: Online consultation. FILE PHOTO/Jay Morales/Malacañang Photo Bureau

MANILA, Philippines—Marlyn Alcera has long been trying her luck to find a better-paying job. On Wednesday, her perseverance finally paid off, after having to queue since 6 a.m. to get into the job fair organized by the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) at a Pasay City Mall finally paid off.

The 22-year-old Alcera, who came with two of her friends at the job fair, said at least two companies hired her on the spot on Wednesday. Her friends, however, were not as lucky as her.

Alcera said she was offered jobs as sales clerk and cashier at two different companies.

“I’m very happy. I’ve long been wanting to explore other opportunities,” Alcera, who used to work as an assistant secretary at the computer school where she finished her two-year computer secretarial course.

She said she would have wanted to land in a job related to her course. “But for now, this will do,” she said, adding that she badly needed a job so she could help support her family.

Alcera was among the 1,274 applicants hired on the spot in the DoLE’s Labor Day job and livelihood fairs nationwide.

The DoLE reported that another 1,132 applicants were hired on the spot in the pre-Labor Day Jobs Fair held in Camp Servillano Aquino in Tarlac City last April 30.

However, these numbers are still low considering that a total of 36,765 registered applicants showed up at the job fairs where more than 400,000 jobs were available.

For the past years, many vacancies had not been filled mainly because of the job applicants’ lack of skills required in the industry. And DoLE said the government has been trying to address this problem.

“The challenge for our workforce is to equip themselves continuously with skills that will make them move from one job to another. In a way, what is being secured is employment, not necessarily security of tenure,” said Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz.

There were several applicants who were turned down by the employer because their course was not related to the position they were applying for.

One of them, a 24-year-old former promo merchandiser at a mall, said he would have wanted to use his knowledge in Information Technology but his application was turned down.

“I was told I need to get additional training before they could hire me. My two-year course apparently is not enough to fill the job,” he said.

Another applicant, Marlon Endaya, 30, who works as a cook in a restaurant, said he was rejected by the employer because he was too old for the job.

“If I were the employer, I would not be very particular whether or not the applicant has a diploma or where he or she graduated from. I will be after the skills on how they do their job, how do they relate with their superiors and co-workers. It’s a demonstration of what you know and how you relate with others, that is the soft skill side qualifying for a job,” said Baldoz.

“But of course, if there are oversupply of applicants, the employers have more choices. They still want workers with a four-degree course, at the same time very articulate, with pleasing personality and positive attitude and possess the skills on how to do the job, that’s an add on,” Baldoz said.

Like Endaya, some of the applicants were not necessarily jobless but were only looking for better-paying jobs.

“That’s a good signal for the market. Normally, you want to maximize your capacity to work, and your capacity to earn. If these applicants succeed in landing a job, then they leave their job vacant and new one comes in. That makes the market more dynamic,” Baldoz said.

Baldoz also said that she instructed officials of DoLE and its attached agencies to give the job applicants access to all vacancies and get interviewed.

“So that these applicants would know whether they would qualify or not. And I assure them that if it’s training that is lacking, then the Tesda would take care of that for free through the training for work scholarship,” Baldoz added.

The labor chief said the number of hired applicants could still increase as the figure they release were only based on records as of 12 noon on Wednesday

Citing initial reports reaching her, job applicants appeared at more than 70 government-backed job fairs nationwide.

“This is the first preliminary report. Normally we monitor until one month after the jobs fair are over because of the near hires, those who will be subjected for further interviews. We have to get the accurate figure at the end of the jobs fair for the month of May,” she said.

As of 12 noon on Wednesday, at least 177 were nearly hired but were referred to the Technical Education and Skills Authority for training and there were about 3,340 who were called for further interview.

The job vacancies range from managerial and professional, to technical, skilled and unskilled categories and were offered by “participating employers in the business process outsourcing, tourism, banking and finance, hotel and restaurant, health and wellness and construction sectors.”

“Topping the list is still the BPO sector, they are still the top generating job industry,” said Baldoz.

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  • bongarroyo

    gusto kasi lahat maging nurse..

    • JOHNCeneza

      Oo nga..

  • CmdrAdobo

    Easy problem. Train them.

  • mewo_meow

    It is now high time to provide technical-vocational courses like automotive, butcher, etc kung saan mataas ang sahod sa abroad.

  • patukar

    Our education system are design to be employees and laborers. Instead of promoting to educate on how to be entrepreneur or manage a business, Filipinos are contented to be subservient to a politician master, local and foreigner corporation and to be ofw.

    • pepito gwaps

      tama. dapat magpautang sa mga Small and medium enterpreneurs ang gobyerno hindi na lang puro sa negosyanteng intsik napupunta..tsk.tsk

      • txtman

        PAPAANO MANGYAYARI YAN ABER?
        MGA CHINESE ANG MAY CONTROL SA MALACANANG
        YAN ANG “KKK”
        ARROYO & AQUINO PAREHO LANG YAN
        WALANG SILANG PINAGKAIBA
        TANUNGIN NINYO MGA FARMERS
        MASMAHIRAP NGAYON ANG BUHAY NILA
        PITIFUL

      • im_earth

        pasaway ka kasi kaya naging mahirap ang buhay ng farmers.

      • txtman

        INENG, ONCE UPON A TIME
        NAGBANAT BUTO DIN AKO SA BUKID
        AND IM VERY PROUD ON THAT
        I KNOW, KUNG PAPAANO MABILAD SA ARAW & ULAN
        & MAHIGA SA DAYAMI O MATULOG SA LUPA.
        I KNOW, KUNG ANONG HIRAP AT SAYA NG
        ……. MGA FARMERS
        KAYA SUPER-LOVE KO MGA YAN
        .
        SINASABI KO NA NGA DAPAT GAWIN NI PENOY
        PARA MAHALIN SIYA NG MGA FARMERS:
        1. GOOD PRICES SA MGA PRODUKTO NILA
        2. LOWER FARM SUPPLIES
        YANG DALAWANG YAN INENG MAGAWA NI PENOY
        MAMAHALIN NA SIYA NG MGA FARMERS
        AT LILIIT NA MGA POOR SA PH
        .
        IF YOU CAN ONLY SEE & FEEL THE PAIN OF
        …….THE FARMERS
        PALIBHASA, WALA KAYONG PAKIALAM SA KANILA
        SA INYO, SILA AY WALA LANG
        MGA POOR NA DAPAT LIPULIN
        MAHALAGA LANG SA INYO PERA
        AND MAGHALIK PWET
        PITIFUL

      • im_earth

        pasaway ka kasi

      • JOHNCeneza

        Walang silbi ang utang kung hindi marunong humawak ng pera yung pinautang. Train muna sa financial management, then saka pautang

      • Pinaslover

        True ..one important factor for a successful business is financial literacy. This is the reason why
        accountants, financial analyst and consultants are hired by companies. Kahit sa isang sari sari store dapat alam mo kahit basic ng financial management.

  • speaksoftlylove

    Maghihintay na lang kami ng dagdag na CCT ni Dinky, wala pang kahiraphirap. – Juan dela Cruz

    • txtman

      PALIBHASA NAKAUPO LANG GOBYERNO
      DAMI KASI NILANG SHARES SA STOCK MARKET
      LAWAY LANG PUHUNAN MGA YAN
      MGA FUNDS SA GOBYERNO, GINAGAMIT
      NG MGA POLITIKO SA STOCK MARKET PARA KUMITA
      PARATING EXCUSES
      PITIFUL

  • txtman

    BASIC NA TANONG
    BAKIT?
    KASI NGA WALANG TRABAHO SA PINAS
    MISMATCHED DAW?
    .
    EXCUSES, EXCUSES, EXCUSES
    .
    SIMPLE LANG
    WALANG NAG-IINVEST SA PINAS
    .
    HAYAN, KAYA SALES LADY OR CASHIERS NA LANG
    WOW! ONLY IN THE PHILIPPINES
    AND THE PENOY GOVERNMENT CALL
    THAT AS AN ACCOMPLISHMENT?
    OH, NASAAN NA YUNG PILA NG MGA INVESTORS
    NA PINAGYAYABANG NI PENOY NOON
    AFTER GALING SIYA SA EUROPE?
    PAPAANO MAY MAG-IINVEST DITO
    SUPER MAHAL ANG KORYENTE
    PITIFUL
    AHAHAHA

    • im_earth

      atat haha

      • txtman

        ATAT?
        QUESTION: MY TIME FRAME KA BA?
        OR LAHAT BULADAS
        .
        KAYA NG VIETNAM, THAILAND, CAMBODIA
        BAKIT HINDI KAYA NG PINAS?
        BABAAN ANG PRICES NG KORYENTE & PHONE SERVICES
        PROOF?
        ASKED YOUR RELATIVES IN USA TO ASK VONAGE TEL CO.
        GARAPAL DAW MAGPATONG MGA TEL. CO SA PINAS
        KAYA HAYAN MAHAL SERVICES SA PINAS
        JUST TO GIVE YOU AN EXAMPLE
        .
        SIMPLE SAGOT DYAN
        KKK
        WHETHER YOU LIKE IT OR NOT
        KKK – THE MAIN REASON
        PITIFUL

      • im_earth

        ang atat mo talaga

  • No2BBL

    30 years old, too old? Amazing!

  • wawa2172

    Mayroon talagang mismatches sa skills nang applicants and what the industry needs. Most of our schools are diploma mills and most of the lessons are thought in schools by the use of power point presentations if not black boards lang. Halos majority nang CHED and Tesda Accredited schools ay walang laboratoy facilities or kung mayroon man its obsolete and inadequate. In addition college math and physics subjects are making it difficult for college students dahil nakikisabay ito sa major courses thus kinukulang ang panahon nang mga mag aaral. In our company, we have to train engineering graduates with the use of basic tools, measuring devices, control devices and programming kasi hindi nila nadaanan sa college or have not seen any. Worst some of this graduate are product of CHED Center of Excellence/Development but bakit kulang sa skills eh hundred of millions ang ginagasta. Well, the answer is most of the professors though are engineers and have masteral or Ph D’s do not have industrial or hands on exposure and rely only on textbooks on lesson to teach.Institutions in the country should invest of facilities and equipments needed by the students on their laboratory work. Its funny sometimes to note na may laboratory fee but wala namag bagong fcilites sa lab.

    • JOHNCeneza

      Tama, when i graduated, only 10% or less of the skills i need i learned sa school, yung 90% or more sa company na yung training. E hindi lahat ng company nagbibigay ng training.

  • BoyBakal

    Baldoz said these numbers are still low considering that a total of 36,765
    registered applicants showed up at the job fairs where more than “400,000
    jobs were available.”

    400,000jobs available?
    Kaya binabagyo ang Pilipinas….ang daming mahangin.

  • $20722540

    this is funny!!! 400k available jobs but with only 36k applicants with 1.2k hired. is there any specific gov’t program to address this concern? baldoz only said the gov’t have been trying to address this problem. she is a career executive of the dept, ano na ang ginawa niya? that’s the problem with gov’t bureaucracy since they are not being run like a corporation…non-performers should be terminated starting with her from the top.

  • JOHNCeneza

    I know somebody that was Tesda Trained sa welding pero hindi tinuruan paano mag measure. Kulang na kulang yung tinuro. Dapat whole package.

  • kalikasanipagtanggol

    Lack of skills? e ano ang ginagawa ng TESDA at bakit hindi i-match ang skills na kailangan sa ituturo nila? No shortcuts!

  • Joseph20112012

    There is a lack of demand for these millions of skilled workers because business creation has been hampered by the protectionist provisions of the 1987 constitution (60/40 forced equity sharing in favor of Filipino businesses, thus few foreign multinational businesses coming to our country to tap these millions of skilled workers here in the PHL), high and unnecessary tax charges on businesses and workers, massive red tape in the government, and dilapidated infrastructures.

  • go88

    If Abnoy was not an oligarch scion and would go to the job fair in order to apply for a job, do you think he would be hired? Click like if you think he wouldn’t.

  • kayanatwo

    02may2013

    nobody asked me, but….in many foreign countries older job seekers (with experience) has bigger chances of being hired on the spot by the employer. the reasoning behind it (hiring older job seekers) is that the matured employee are more responsible, takes initiatives, and less to commit fatuous behaviours.

    here in our neck of the wood, when you passed 25yrs old, it is harder to land a permanent job. no wonder our work force(merchandise sitters) in big shopping malls are filled with 4yrs. college degree earners. what a waste of talents.

    well, we can see why despite of all the hoopla that our economy is bouncing back there are still millions of unemployed juan and juana dela cruz.

    IMHO, the DOLE is a waste of taxpayer’s money, and it is clueless.

    • patukar

      Agree ako dyan! kalimitan kung saan pa un modernong bansa sila pa ang walang prejudice pagdating sa edad at mas prefer nila matatandang employee kaya karamihan na skilled workers at experience professional nangingibang bansa na lang at na utilize nila un kanilang expertise sa field ng kanilang career

    • TruthLiberates

      “Well, we can see why despite of all the hoopla that our economy is
      bouncing back there are still millions of unemployed juan and juana dela
      cruz.”

      Nobody believed the hoopla. Nobody! If anything, it only offended and infuriated everyone. Those who appear to have believed it, are those under the payroll of the president, and who have much to be embarrassed at the general outcome of the system. Naturally, they’d have to go along with the farce because they are partly to blame.

      As the labor groups would proudly repeat, “Tiger economy for who?!”

  • tilney

    It is high time that 10 -20 Billion Php should be provided by govt for skill training of around 600 hrs (4 months) TESDA type courses

  • tilney

    There are different type of training method either private companies or TESDA can come up with on line skills training courses , computer based training courses , this is like a simulator type where laboratories will not be required or classrooms training with laboratories.. Billionaires like Henry Sy, Ayala , Lucio Tan, Manny Pangilinan can fund these programs which will not cost them 1% of their wealth, social responsibility should always be in their mind. Sana manalo ako sa Lotto at magawa ko ito hah…

  • ShibumiNinja

    that statement is a reflection of Systems Failure by the Department of Education in this country…

    they are accountable for this fiasco.

    This will eventually translate into jobless Statistics for neda… so why blame neda correct?

    bad news is good news if you are smart… it takes a good prez to translate data like this into a winning moment for the administration… unfortunately the buck stops with you… you get bitter with your people when they tell you tell the truth.. you start lashing out instead of making something constructive for the service of the country… clock is ticking… there are only a few more months to go and it’s game over… too many promises too little results… better shape up….

    • ShibumiNinja

      There has to be a different paradigm on how to manage well groomed and trained early retirees from the work force… DOLE has no made any initiative to make use of these people who are left at the wayside with all that talent skill and experience

      the Labor only contracting programs being promoted by all big business elements, sm, jolibee etc. etc. is not helping the job situation… the Philippines is a nation of Contractual Employees and that is one reason why poverty in this country is Extremely Chronic and Incurable

  • Ako_Hiking

    ‘For the past years, many vacancies had not been filled mainly because of
    the job applicants’ lack of skills required in the industry. And DoLE
    said the government has been trying to address this problem.’

    And how has DOLE addressed this problem or better yet it’s been 3 years so what solution have they come up with because they are halfway through their term under the Aquino Admin. and it is still a problem.

  • disqusted0fu

    There are still roughly 8 million Filipinos who are either underemployed or unemployed. These job fairs do help. But looking at the bigger picture, the lack of investments in the PH, the incapability of the government to generate jobs, and the focus of the Aquino admin in getting credit upgrades instead of accomplishing inclusive growth is not going to work for the 8 millions jobless Filipinos.

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