In a bid to further strengthen its market capability building, the Department of Labor and Employment, through the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration has launched its Labor Market Information Kiosk, a Web page-based facility that would integrate all relevant and available overseas labor market information.
Labor Secretary Marianito D. Roque said the LMIK project is among the various initiatives of the POEA which the International Organization for Migration and the European Union have supported in the area of marketing capability building.
Roque said that the facility would help workers, as well as stakeholders, in their search for up to date and relevant inputs in the area of labor market trends and developments. He said that the LMIK project is the government’s response to the overseas employment industry’s clamor for an easy access to current data and statistics on overseas labor market.
POEA Administrator Rosalinda Baldoz said that given the POEA’s mission to “connect to the world” and facilitate the generation and preservation of decent jobs for Filipino migrant workers, “the LMIK project is a very relevant undertaking that will provide timely labor market information on overseas labor market opportunities, labor and immigration policies, working conditions overseas, among others, and which will guide the private sector in their marketing efforts and help workers make better decisions on whether to embark on overseas employment or not.”
She said the LMIK serves as the marketing web page in the POEA’s website that would integrate the current marketing information which will include country profiles, bilateral agreements, salary rates, labor market situationer, news feeds, demand and supply situationer, frequently asked questions and many others.
Baldoz said the LMIK will be very useful to policy makers, the recruitment industry, employers and workers, market specialists and staff, researchers and the general public, adding that the POEA’s market specialists and staff would also be sharing useful information under their local area network and the agency would welcome contributions and feedback from members of the industry which would benefit all.
For his part, Ricardo Casco, IOM Labor Migration Specialist, who represented IOM Manila Representative Charles Harns in the launching event, expressed his appreciation for the mutually nurtured partnership with the POEA through all these years.