2 April 2014

Philippines government to find solutions for new graduates, the unemployed

Meanwhile, the government continues to expand its employment programmes to provide jobs for thousands expected to graduate in 2014 and also for those who remain unemployed, MalacaƱang said on March 30.

In an interview over dzRB Radyo ng Bayan, Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary (PCOO) Herminio Coloma said 95,935 positions in different private and public corporations and agencies are currently up for grabs.

This is according to the Department of Labor and Employment’s (DOLE) www.phil-job.net, an internet-based job and applicant matching system, which aims to fast track the job seeker's search for employment and the employer's search for manpower.

Coloma said the government is also providing financial aid to self-employed individuals, landless farmers, non-wage domestic workers, young workers with dependents, low-income earners, and those who do not have permanent employment due to calamities through the Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program.

He said this programme also covers those who are listed in the Department of Social Welfare and Development's national household targeting system.

In a press briefing held in MalacaƱang on March 13, DOLE Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said there are an estimated 600,000 to 700,000 new entrants to the labour force this year.