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RDC VIII supports establishment of database on current labor demand in Eastern Visayas

by Virgilio A. Doroja

Tacloban City (5 March) -- The Regional Development Council (RDC) has given full support to the proposed project of its Social Development Committee to establish a database on the current labor demand in the region.

The RDC, led by its Chair, Calbayog City Mayor Mel Senen Sarmiento, approved in principle the proposed project and recommended the immediate preparation of the project proposal for its endorsement to the Office of the President for possible funding. The RDC held its 1st Quarter Meeting last February 18, 2010 at the Calbayog Sports Complex.

In favorably endorsing the project, the RDC agreed to the impelling need to take serious steps towards the assessment of the availability and quality of the region's human resource demand and supply.

Sponsoring the proposed project at the RDC Meeting, DOLE Regional Director Forter G. Puguon, as SDC Chair, explained that to be able to compete in the local, national and global market, "our region must take the high road to productivity and competitiveness. Competitiveness is shaped by the interplay of various factors including business efficiency, technology and availability of quality human resources, with human capital believed to the single biggest comparative advantage of the region and of the country."

Director Puguon said it's now high time the labor demand in the Region is determined and assessed as to availability and quality of human resource supply in order to be able to address the gaps and specific interventions are implemented. He said these efforts can only be implemented by first establishing the data base on the current labor demand in the region.

The endorser said that it is high time that the RDC take the high road while the RDC has been intensifying efforts towards the economic development of the region, the efforts must center on the most important factor of development, the human resource.

"We need to ensure the availability and quality of supply of human resources and increase the productivity and competitiveness of the region's workforce. And we can start the efforts by establishing a database on the current labor demand", he said.

The current labor demand project will identify the existing occupations or positions, filled up or not, in the region. The two main sources of this labor demand are the public and private sectors. The public sector consists of national government line agencies, government owned and controlled corporations, local government units and State universities and colleges in the region, while the private sector may be classified into the formal sector, composed of business establishments and non-profit organizations, and the informal sector.

This involves the conduct of stakeholders' conference in the region, provinces, cities and municipalities that will be attended by the Local Chief Executives, Administrators, Planning Officers, HR or Personnel Officers and PESO Managers.

This will be followed by a conference of key stakeholders for the public sector current labor demand, including the Regional Offices of NEDA, DOLE, CSC and DBM, and a separate conference of key stakeholders for the private sector, including the regional counterparts of the PCCI, ECOP, NGOs and Pos.

The current labor demand project will be complemented by DOLE's Project Jobs Fit which aims to identify the preferred skills in priority industries in the next ten years from 2010 up to 2020, with a view to addressing the projected gaps in the skills supply. (PIA 8/DOLE8) [top]

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