Philippine Labor and Employment Sec. Rosalinda has expressed optimism that there would more high-quality jobs under a regime of sustained economic growth.
Baldoz said the official employment data of the National Statistics Office partly boost her optimism for higher quality jobs in an atmosphere where the Philippines is growing rapidly despite a weak global economy.
“The results of the April 2013 Labor Force Survey points to a considerably improving overall quality of employment with persons in full-time employment growing by 15.3 percent or 3.194 million, and persons in part-time employment decreasing by 18.9 percent, or 3.063 million,” said Baldoz.
She noted that the increase in the number of persons in full-time employment in the April 2013 LFS survey rode on the back of the increase recorded in the January 2013 LFS survey, where 1.515 million or 6.5 percent were added to the number of full-time employed persons. This means regular, full-time employment can be sustained.
Baldoz also pointed out that the gross domestic product (GDP) growth of 10.3 percent in the industry sector, which overtook the 7.4 percent growth in services, is an indicator of a more stable, long-term avenue for employment generation.
“We have noted a rapid growth in capital formation. The manufacturing industry has the ability to generate higher-quality and more permanent employment. Our challenge is to be able to respond to industry’s demand for more skilled workers in the near- and long-term,” Baldoz said.
“The key is to continually upgrade workers’ skills and qualifications and to intensify promotion of harmonious labor-management relations at the plant-level to foster cooperative labor-employer relations.”
One of the DOLE’s strategies to promote employment is to intensify implementation of the Training for Work Scholarship Program (TWSP) in the key employment generators – tourism, agriculture, fisheries, agri-business, information and communications technology, business process management (ICT-BPM), electronics, automotive, general infrastructure, construction, housing, manufacturing and logistics.
For 2014, DOLE has increased the budget for the TWSP to P1.4 billion from P563 million in 2013 to be able to upgrade the skills of some 186,667 workers across all key employment generators.
“We also target 159,000 apprentices under our apprenticeship program. For our other technical-vocational education and training program, we target 904,000 skills to be assessed and certified next year,” Baldoz added.