Job fairs, Philjob­net bring down un­em­ploy­ment rate: DOLE

Sun Star Bacolod - - Business -

THE gov­ern­ment’s strength­ened em­ploy­ment fa­cil­i­ta­tion ser­vices and strict im­ple­men­ta­tion of laws that en­sure the pro­tec­tion and se­cu­rity of work­ers are rea­sons be­hind the im­proved em­ploy­ment sit­u­a­tion in the coun­try, the la­bor depart­ment re­ported.

In a state­ment on Sunday, La­bor Sec­re­tary Sil­vestre Bello III said the pos­i­tive gains in the em­ploy­ment sit­u­a­tion in the coun­try are at­trib­uted to the na­tion­wide con­duct of job fairs, which is among the ma­jor in­ter­ven­tions of the gov­ern­ment in get­ting more Filipinos em­ployed, as well as in bring­ing down the coun­try’s un­em­ploy­ment rate.

“The im­prov­ing em­ploy­ment sit­u­a­tion of the coun­try is the man­i­fes­ta­tion of the ef­fec­tive­ness of our em­ploy­ment fa­cil­i­ta­tion ser­vices in get­ting more Filipinos em­ployed. Also, more Filipino work­ers are now en­joy­ing re­mu­ner­a­tive and sta­ble em­ploy­ment with the strict im­ple­men­ta­tion of laws that en­sure the pro­tec­tion and se­cu­rity of our work­ers,” Bello said.

Based on the April 2019 La­bor Force Sur­vey (LFS) rounds con­ducted by the Philip­pine Sta­tis­tics Au­thor­ity (PSA), 1.346 mil­lion jobs were gen­er­ated for 2019, making a to­tal of 42.242 mil­lion em­ployed Filipinos, which is 3.3 per­cent higher than the 40.896 mil­lion em­ployed Filipinos recorded last year.

Un­em­ployed per­sons dropped by 75,000, a 5.1 per­cent or 0.4 per­cent de­crease from the 5.5 per­cent un­em­ploy­ment rate in April 2018 – the low­est un­em­ploy­ment rate recorded since 2009.

The April 2019 LFS also noted pos­i­tive progress in the qual­ity of em­ploy­ment as the num­ber of re­mu­ner­a­tive and sta­ble wage work­ers in­creased by 2.6 per­cent, reach­ing 26.7 mil­lion se­cured work­ers.

Also, un­der­em­ployed per­sons sig­nif­i­cantly re­duced by 1.226 mil­lion, a 17.7 per­cent or 0.7 de­crease from the 17.0 per­cent un­der­em­ploy­ment rate in April 2018.

Over­all im­prove­ments in the un­der­em­ploy­ment rate were at­trib­uted by the strength­ened em­ploy­ment fa­cil­i­ta­tion and ser­vices of the ad­min­is­tra­tion, in­clud­ing the con­duct of job fairs na­tion­wide, the uti­liza­tion of Philjob­net, an on­line job por­tal for job­seek­ers, as well as the in­crease on the re­gional wages of em­ployed work­ers.

How­ever, de­spite the de­crease in the num­ber of un­em­ployed work­ers, Bello said un­der­em­ploy­ment re­mains a chal­lenge with 1.001 mil­lion un­em­ployed youth aged 15-24 years old.

“The la­bor depart­ment will re­main re­lent­less in up­lift­ing the qual­ity of life of ev­ery Filipino worker and their fam­i­lies by strength­en­ing our em­ploy­ment fa­cil­i­ta­tion ser­vices and en­hanc­ing our so­cial pro­tec­tion pro­grams for our work­ers. We are also con­sis­tent in push­ing for the pas­sage of the se­cu­rity of ten­ure bill to stop all forms of abu­sive em­ploy­ment prac­tices that con­tinue to im­merse our work­ers in a quag­mire of poverty and un­der­em­ploy­ment,” Bello said.

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