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Cyber services, tourism among Western Visayas top employment generators

Iloilo City (29 September) -- Cyber services and tourism as well as with hotels and restaurants will continue to provide more employment in Western Visayas for the next ten years, according to the Department of Labor and Employment 6.

The three industries were among the six priority industries identified by the DOLE 6 as having the potential to give jobs to more workers in the region over the next decade. Other industries were agribusiness and fishery, construction, and wholesale and retail trade.

DOLE 6 Regional Director Manuel Roldan said the key employment generators in the region were identified through the "Project Jobs Fit" of the department which was presented to media recently.

"Project Jobs Fit" is one of the DOLE's priority deliverable projects for 2009 which involved environmental scanning, information gathering, networking and consultation. This is also part of the continuing efforts of the DOLE to address the problems of skills and job mismatch in the country in line with President Benigno Aquino's 22-point platform and policy on labor and employment.

The study has also identified four emerging industries in the region. These are renewable energy and bio-fuel, real estate development, transport & logistics, and small scale mining.

As shown in the study, among the in-demand skills needed in the cyber services are call center or customer service agents, engineers, accountants, personal assistants, virtual assistants, researchers and programmer.

On the other hand, the in-demand skills in the tourism industry focusing more on health, wellness and medical are massage therapist, Spa therapist, and doctors while on hotels and restaurants needed are cooks, service crews, butlers, reservation officers, and tour guides.

For the construction industry the preferred skills are construction workers, heavy equipment, operators/mechanics, Pipefitters, riggers, welders, mechanical engineers, electrical, civil engineers, and safety officers.

Through "Project Jobs Fit", Roldan said they intend to help students and parents in considering the courses to pursue in college where there will be jobs available after graduation.

"It is our desire to help parents to make intelligent decisions for their children on what courses to take which are needed by the economy after graduation," said Roldan.

Roldan added "Project Jobs Fits" will also guide education institutions and other stakeholders on what courses and training to offer to meet the skills needed by the industry. (PIA/LAFrench) [top]

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