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Editorial: Jobs for Filipinos for 2014

More jobs are available for Filipinos for 2014, and they can apply in the online portal www.phil-job.net that fast-tracks jobseekers’ search for jobs and employer’s search for manpower. The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), which maintains the portal, said the number of posted vacancies reached 1,384,728, up by 21%, as end December, 2013.

DOLE attributed the increase to t he growing number of private employers – 7,443 in 2013 – who post job openings. The largest number of job vacancies in 2013 was posted in the graduation months of April with 158,518 and March with 158,272. The use of phil-job.net is one of four government convergent programs to address jobs and skills mismatch; the others are adoption of Philippine Qualifications Framework, K-12 educational reform, and career guidance advocacy program.

DOLE also urged young Filipinos to apply for 47,000 jobs open for seafarers and for openings in 15 international cruise ships that will be in operation this year. Cruise ships hire people with work experience in hotels, casinos and spas, health and wellness, information and technology. Cruise vacations are getting popular, so global demand is expected to increase in the next five years, it said.

The labor market study “Project JobsFit: DOLE 2020 Vision” has identified 13 Key Employment Generators in the Philippines today: Agribusiness; construction; information technology/business process management; health and wellness; hotel, restaurant, and tourism; wholesale and retail trade; banking and finance; mining; transport and logistics; manufacturing; ownership, dwellings, and real estate; education; and power and utilities. There are 237 in-demand occupations, of which 11 appear in more than one industry: Accountant, appraiser, cashier, checker, driver, machine operator, mechanical technician, security guard, teller, and welder.

The Manila Bulletin, led by its Chairman of the Board of Directors Dr. Emilio T. Yap, President and Publisher Atty. Hermogenes P. Pobre, Executive Vice President Dr. Emilio C. Yap III, Editor-in-Chief Dr. Cris J. Icban Jr., Business Editor Loreto D. Cabañes, Officers and Employees, Congratulate the Department of Labor and Employment headed by Secretary Rosalinda D. Baldoz, Bureau of Local Employment Director Dominique R. Tutay, Bureau of Labor and Employment Statistics Director Ma. Teresa V. Peralta, Bureau of Labor Relations Director Romeo M. Montefalco Jr., and Bureau of Working Conditions Director Catherine L. Parado, in their joint undertakings in assisting jobseekers find their job match as well as cultivate their skills for gainful employment in our Republic of the Philippines. CONGRATULATIONS AND MABUHAY!