BACOLOD CITY, May 2 (PNA) — The Department of Labor and Employment remained committed in resolving the perennial job mismatch among jobseekers in Western Visayas.
DOLE-6 Regional Director Ponciano Ligutom reiterated their commitment although there was high turnout of qualified applicants in jobs fair held in the cities of Iloilo and Bacolod on Wednesday.
Records of DOLE-6 showed that around 55.5 percent or 3,164 out of 5,697 applicants were qualified while the rest failed to meet the minimum requirements.
To resolve the issues on job mismatch, Ligutom said they have formed a group of guidance councilors working closely with the parents and school officials in the grassroots level.
Ligutom said career guidance among senior high school students is a must for they have to be guided properly on what courses to take to secure a job in the future.
Various education institutions in the region must also be oriented on what the labor market actually needs, he added.
“This is important because some schools are producing graduates that are not needed in the industry” he stressed.
He cited, for instance, what happened last year when the Department of Social Welfare and Development looked for 8,000 social workers in the region.
Of the needed number of social workers, Ligutom said DSWD was able to hire 7,000 among the applicants who were mostly not a graduate of courses related to social work.
Right now, Ligutom said that the labor industry needs mechanical engineers, information technology specialists, software developers, accountants, chemists, biologist, and physicists. (PNA)