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Aquino says all concerned government agencies working together to ensure jobs for Filipinos after graduation

President Benigno S. Aquino III addresses the 2013 Philippines Development Forum (PDF) at the Grand Ballroom, Marco Polo Hotel in Davao City on Tuesday (February 05, 2013). With theme: “President Aquino’s Social Contract: Moving Forward in Achieving Inclusive Growth and Good Governance”. The PDF is the primary mechanism of the Government for facilitating substantive policy dialogues among stakeholders on the country’s development agenda. It also serves as a process for developing consensus and generating commitments among different stakeholders toward critical actionable items of the Government’s reform agenda. (MNS photo)

MANILA, Feb 6 (Mabuhay) — President Benigno S. Aquino III assured that various concerned agencies are exerting all the necessary efforts to attain his administration’s goal of providing employment for Filipinos after graduation.

The Chief Executive told the media after attending the Philippines Development Forum 2013 held at Marco Polo Hotel, Davao City on Tuesday that he directed the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to work along with its partner agencies in implementing various job creation facilitation programs.

“Ang hinahabol nga natin dito ay ang pagtutulong-tulong ng Labor, CHED (Commission on Higher Education), pati na rin DepEd (Department of Education) at TESDA (Technical Education and Skills Development Authority) na siguraduhin na meron ngang papasukang trabaho ang ating mga kababayan ‘pag nag-graduate sila,” the President said.

President Aquino said the K to 12 program was designed to help address the country’s employment concerns.

“‘Yung pagtulak sa K+12 is meant to empower our citizens to have better paying jobs or to give them the necessary skills to be able to acquire job,” he said.

The program also aims to address the prevailing jobs mismatch, the President noted.

“So, ulitin ko, imbes na ‘bahala na system’ talagang pinipilit natin alamin kung ano ang mga prospects ng trabaho—not today but two years, four years from now—ipaalam sa mga mag-aaral para naman bagay ang kanilang tinatalakay tungo doon sa kanilang pwedeng pasukan,” he said.

Since the business process outsourcing (BPO) is a growing industry in the Philippines, the President bared that there are more schools that will be offering BPO courses.

The administration is trying to attract both domestic and international investors to create more job opportunities for Filipinos, he noted.

“Hina-highlight ko ilang beses ang Phil-JobNet na website ng ating Department of Labor na ‘nung nag-umpisa tayo mga 40,000 jobs available raw ang nandoon at mas maraming nag-a-apply,” he said.

“Ang last na report sa akin ni Secretary (Rosalinda) Baldoz over 200—something like 230,000 postings on Phil-JobNet at ang aplikante parang mga 117,000. So tinatrabaho rin natin na siguraduhin na ang gine-generate na skills ay tugma or may papasukan na trabaho,” he said. (MNS)

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