President Aquino has guaranteed the availability of more local jobs for the remainder of his term.
Aquino said the government has prepared a Philippine Labor and Employment Plan 2011-2016 that seeks to increase employment levels, improve the quality of employment, expand access to employment opportunities, and advance dialogue processes toward more mutual or collective gains.
Addressing the 3rd regional conference of the Union Network International-Asia Pacific Regional Conference in Manila, the President cited the various accomplishments of his administration in his first year in office.
Foremost among these was the increase in salary of many workers to ease their burden amid rising commodity prices.
The President also cited his administration’s effort to resolve labor-market mismatch. This was carried out by increasing the budgetary allocation for the Training for Work Scholarship Program of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority for their Training for Work Scholarship Program.
He also said that the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) will upgrade the government’s job matchmaking system to house supply and demand database systems such as the National Skills Registry System.
The government also extended skills training programs to workers displaced by the conflict in the Middle East and North Africa.
On the maritime labor sector, Aquino said about one fourth of the total seafarers in the word are Filipinos.