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PIA Press Release
2010/09/14

Gov Cua cites labor mismatch as cause of unemployment

Cabarroguis, Quirino (September 14) -- Governor Junie Evangelista Cua cited labor mismatch as one cause of unemployment encouraging educational institutions to offer courses that will match the needed labor supply in the labor market.

Governor Cua made the statement before the start of a skills presentation of selected students from the three higher education institutions of the province.

"A great labor mismatch causes unemployment for white-collar professionals," Cua said.

He said after a long process of attending to school and become professionals, these professionals found no available jobs in the country while there are jobs available but their specialization is not suited for the jobs that are vacant ending up that these professionals apply for jobs abroad where there are available match jobs.

He said there is a clear apparent problem on labor mismatch in the province and in the country as well as graduates end up becoming Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWS) or working without using what they have learned in school.

The local chief executive said that there is a need to change mindset and culture of individuals as other countries are encouraging their citizens to take technical and vocational jobs where they look at these jobs with honor, dignity and respect.

"In a globalize economy where we live, where free trade is common, no border among nations, where nations can now trade products, where flow of investment, free flow of labor are freely encouraged, free flow of goods and services among nations, the market of our people become wider, but poses a challenge as well because, we likewise open our borders to others, we cannot just be ordinary, we must be extra-ordinary, we cannot be just common, we have to be uncommon, we must make a difference" Cua said.

"An so the name of the game nowadays is tpo bel skilled and not simply ordinanry skills but extra ordiandy skills," Cua stressed.

Cua said the TESDA has the great role to change the mindset and culture of the people in developing and enhancing the skills and talents of every individual. (PIA Isabela) [top]

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