July 25, 2011

Aquino: More jobs now available in the domestic market

Filipinos are now finding more jobs in the domestic market and slowly letting go of their ambition to find employment abroad, President Benigno Aquino III said in his second State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday.

Aquino cited during his second SONA the 0.8 percentage-point drop in the unemployment rate in April from a high of 8 percent in 2010.

"Ngayon, may pagpipilian na siyang trabaho, at hangga't tinatapatan niya ng sipag at determinasyon ang kangyang pangangarap, tiyak na maabot ito," Aquino said.

The President, however, was conscious that despite the gains in local employment, the government cannot afford to rest on its laurels.

"Tandaan po natin: moving target ang nasa hanay ng ating unemployed, dahil taun-taon ay may mga bagong graduate na naghahanap ng trabaho," he stressed.

This problem is compounded by the jobs mismatch that continues to hound local industries every year, Aquino said.

Citing statistics from Philjobnet, Aquino said some 50,000 jobs remain unfilled every month because the skills of the graduates being produced each year do not match the requirements of the industries.

To counter this, Aquino said he had called on the Department of Labor and Employment, the Commission on Higher Education, The Technical Skills and Development Authority and the Department of Education to address the skills mismatch. — VS, GMA News

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