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Saturday, August 09, 2008

DOLE, PMAP Join Hands to Speed up Industry’s Search for Skills

Department of Labor and Employment has entered into an agreement with a premier organization of human resource management executives and the network of Public Employment Services Offices nationwide to improve the industry’s search for skills and speed up the employment of workers.

Labor and Employment Secretary Marianito D. Roque said Enrique Abadesco Jr., president of People Management Association of the Philippines, and Aurora Zaportiza, chair and president of the National Federation of PESOs in the Philippines signed a memorandum of agreement for the three parties’ cooperation in the delivery of career counseling and employment facilitation services to workers.

Under the agreement, Roque said that the PMAP, PESOPHIL, and the DOLE would share resources and expertise geared towards improving career counseling and employment facilitation services in the country.

DOLE hailed PMAP’s participation in the MOA saying it underscores the need of government and the private sector to collaborate and support each other in promoting the employment of Filipino workers.

He said that PMAP would specifically subscribe and promote the extensive use of the Phil-JobNet among its members. PMAP consists of over 1,800 member companies and individual management executives and 19 chapters throughout the Philippines engaged in human resource management and industrial relations.

Phil-Jobnet, on the other hand, is a free online job and skills search engine where employers can post their vacancies. Jobseekers can also search for latest job listings and register for employers seeking workers with appropriate skills.

Roque said that aside from providing easier and efficient access to quality labor market information, the Phil-JobNet would also speed up the PMAP members’ search for qualified workers and, thus, minimize cost they usually incur in their search for skills.

He said PMAP’s willingness to utilize the Phil-JobNet would boost efforts to facilitate skills and job matching and more significantly the workers’ search for quality employment among PMAP members.

At the same time, PMAP would provide managerial and technical training to PESOPHIL members to enhance their skills on providing career counseling and employment facilitation services free of charge.

Meanwhile, the DOLE would make accessible the Phil-JobNet services to all PMAP members and train PMAP staff on its operation free of charge.

To meet the labor market needs of PMAP, PESOPHIL would also provide PMAP members access to available labor market information data and assistance related to HRD in their locality.

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