While the unemployment rate in the country is at 5.2 percent as of January 2019, according to the Philippine Statistics Authority, this percentage is not solely attributed to the lack of jobs. In fact, the bigger problem may be in job matching instead of job shortage.
According to Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Deputy Director for Policies and Planning General Rosanna Urdaneta, a surprising challenge faced by the agency is the lack of job applicants in certain sectors. Urdaneta cited, for example, that this is one of the biggest problems encountered in the construction sector of the government’s Build, Build, Build program.
requirements, pero ayaw ng tao kasi
they find it dirty, difficult, and dangerous (There are a lot of job openings but people are not applying because…),” Urdaneta said on the sidelines of the One Step Ahead Forum in Manila on Tuesday, June 4.
One Step Ahead Forum Manila was organized by Asia Society Philippines and J.P. Morgan Philippines as an avenue for education, labor, and business leaders to discuss the role of their industries in bridging the gap between education systems and labor market needs.
According to Urdaneta, the agency allocated a lot of funding for scholarships for the Build, Build, Build program’s key sectors. But there are times when classes have to be dropped since they couldn’t reach the number of applicants needed to for it to push through.
TESDA already removed courses such as encoding and other clerical work, citing the lack of applicants, and that such courses should already be core employment skills.