DOLE's New Year advice to job seekers: Hone up skills to avail of opportunities

"Hone up your skills to avail of job opportunities in 2011."
This is the New Year advice of Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz to jobseekers yesterday, as she bared that 2010 brought increased local job opportunities as can be seen from the country's main online portal for jobs and skills matching, the Phil-Jobnet system (
Baldoz said this is good news for the New Year, as she encouraged job seekers including students, fresh graduates, and the youth, to continue to train and upgrade their skills if they wish to successfully respond to and fill up these vacancies.
"Our efforts to strengthen the employability, competitiveness, and opportunities for labor," Baldoz emphasized, "are in pursuit of the overarching goal of President Benigno S. Aquino III, in 22-point labor and employment agenda, to invest in the country's no. 1 resource, its human resource, in an atmosphere of industrial peace and social justice."
The labor and employment chief emphasized that skills training and upgrading is one of the appropriate responses to the prevailing labor mismatch and unemployment problem which affect mainly high school graduates at about 46 percent, and college graduates at almost 43 percent.
Baldoz cited a report of the Bureau of Local Employment Director Ma. Criselda R. Sy which show that as of 28 December 2010, there are 61,548 vacancies of all types, both local and overseas, currently posted by employers in the Phil-jobnet.
Phil-Jobnet also carried online some 7,127   skills for hire on a variety of labor skills.     
The BLE report also show that some 56,708 job seekers applied for 61,548 vacancies posted in the Phil-jobnet.
The  top 50 vacancies currently posted in the syste
m include opportunities for those with skills, credentials, or qualifications as pharmacists (615), call center agents (296), kitchen helpers (202), merchandisers (200), staff nurse (200), sales executives (160), occupational therapists (150), receptionist s (124), service crew (120), mechanical engineers (100), materials engineers (100), land surveyors (106), among many other occupations.
The "hot jobs" for the week from 21 until 28 December 2010, cover about 120 positions available to qualified applicants in local industries, along with 20 overseas position titles.
"The top 10 hot jobs for the week are mainly local ones, consisting primarily of opportunities for those with skills or qualifications as welders (1,001), occupational therapists (51), reinforcing iron workers (50), store supervisors (50), inventory clerks (50), receptionists (34), delivery helpers (21), professional tutors (20), delivery drivers (20), head teachers (20), sales clerks (20), motorcycle  drivers/riders (20), bill collectors (20), stock clerks (20), customer relations officers (18), stockman (18), and accounting staff (12)," the report said.
On the other hand, the top hot jobs for overseas included those for domestic helpers (100), reinforcing iron workers (50), and mechanical engineers (20).
The top skills for hire carried currently in the Phil-Jobnet include service crew (1,993), production workers/factory workers (1,758), cashiers (1,635), sales clerks (1,396), production machine operators (1,394), salesladies (863), staff nurses (737), data encoders (712), office clerks (691), merchandisers (404), etc.
"For jobseekers who would like to avail of these jobs in 2011, they need to train and upgrade their skills to match the requirements," Baldoz said.
For inquiries about this release, please go to a Public Employment Service Office (PESO) located in your nearest local government unit (LGU), if not the DOLE Regional Office in your region, or see the specific employers and their linkage details at the Phil-jobnet system accessible at http://phil-job-net. Furthermore, for skills training assistance/queries, please call up the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) at 8932454 or visit their website at

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DOLE: Calabarzon workers to get P17/day pay hike

Workers in the Cavite-Laguna-Batangas-Rizal-Quezon (Calabarzon) region will get a P17 hike in their basic salary as ordered by the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board in Region 4-A.

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said the wage order was issued last Dec. 20, and may bring to P337 the basic pay by January – the highest in the region.

“The wage board (RTWPB 4A), headed by DOLE Region 4-A Director Atty. Ricardo S. Martinez, Sr., prudently acted on the petition filed by the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines, by striking a balance on restoring the eroded purchasing power of the minimum wage earners, without impairing the momentum of recovery and competitiveness of business…," Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said on the DOLE website.

"The wage order in Calabarzon, the last for the year, brings to 14 the total number of wage orders issued nationwide this year," the DOLE said.

After its confirmation by the National Wages and Productivity Commission, Wage Order No. IVA-14 will be published in a newspaper of general circulation and will take effect 15 days after.

With the wage increase, the region’s workers in the non-agriculture sector will get a P337 minimum daily pay, while workers in agriculture-plantation will get P312 per day.

Agriculture-non-plantation workers will get a P292 daily wage, and those working in retail/service business that are not employing more than 10 workers will get P232 a day.

On the other hand, as part of the rationalization of the wage structure in Southern Luzon, the sugar industry mostly based in Batangas and Quezon, will get the higher rate applicable to agriculture-plantation of P266 per day, specifically those working in Nasugbu and Balayan towns.

“The Board also took into consideration the need to provide a relief to exporters greatly affected by the global financial crisis by way of allowing them to apply for deferment of six months the implementation of the new wage adjustment," Baldoz said.

She added that newly registered, as well as financially distressed, establishments can also avail of the exemption provision upon application and as determined by the Board.

Wage Order No. IVA-14 also allows the crediting of wage increases granted by employers three months prior to the effectivity of the wage order in compliance with the wage order for unorganized establishments.

Provisions in collective bargaining agreements shall prevail for organized establishments.

Earlier, the National Capital Region, the Cordillera Administrative Region, Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), and Regions 3, 4-B, 5, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, and 13 have issued wage orders in their respective areas.

Metro Manila has the highest daily minimum wage for non-agriculture at P404 and ARMM has the lowest at P222. LBG, GMANews.TV

OFW deployment to South Korea to resume Dec 7

The deployment of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) to South Korea will resume Tuesday as the situation in the area has stabilized, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said on Monday.

DOLE Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said 160 Filipino workers, including the 55 workers who were supposed to fly to South Korea on November 30, will push through with their flights on Tuesday.

"Wala namang risk according to the report of [Special Envoy Roy] Cimatu. He gave the go signal na pwede na silang ideploy as scheduled so wala na tayong delay," Baldoz told Palace reporters in an ambush interview in Manila.

The DOLE announced on November 27 that it was deferring the flights of Filipino workers to South Korea due to tension in the Korean Peninsula that was caused by North Korea's firing of a barrage of artillery on a South Korean island near a disputed western border on November 23.

The attack set buildings ablaze and killed at least two Marines.

Baldoz said the OFWs' flights were only rescheduled. The processing of their contracts with their employers was not canceled, she said.

The labor chief said the Philippine government will make another assessment on OFW deployment should tensions escalate again in the Korean Peninsula.

Cimatu was sent to South Korea with a team from the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), and the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) to evaluate the security situation in South Korea.

Cimatu was tasked to assess the level of awareness and preparedness of some 50,000 Filipinos in South Korea, and to test the embassy's contingency plan.

President Benigno Simeon "Noynoy" Aquino III earlier said the Philippine government is ready to evacuate Filipinos in South Korea should there be a need to do so. VVP, GMANews.TV