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DOLE, BEPO name jobs with high hiring prospects

by Rey Anthony Chiu

Tagbilaran City (6 February) -- Skilled workers in construction, in medical service and hotel and restaurant industry remain the top three jobs with bright employment prospects for Boholanos.

In fact, Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) also agree that job seekers from these industries have high probability of getting hired, despite the repercussions of the global crisis that has stirred world economies.

At the Capitol, Romulo Tagaan of the Bohol Employment and Placement Office (BEPO) also noted that their monitoring puts up the three as the industries with most demands for local workers.

German Guidaben, the labor department's regional information officer said that the onset of retrenchments in manufacturing companies in the region has pushed more and more workers to seek the best fields where they can be invulnerable to the massive displacement of workers.

Seemingly unaffected by the crisis, probably because of the brisk cash economy of the oil producing regions, the Middle East still demands biggest chunk of skilled construction workers as the Arab countries are on a building frenzy, Guidaben shared.

Moreover, demands for medical workers go up in the Middle Eastern countries trailing Europe and the Americas, stating that caregivers, one that can be employable after six months of training rate as the best option for quick employment, according to Capitol's Tagaan.

he local efforts at assisting workers, whether displaced or new job seekers land jobs continues as the BEPO and the local DOLE offices set up separate mechanisms to achieve one goal: upgrade local workers' skills for them to ably compete or make them capable of starting off in businesses.

This as President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo announced recently that the government brings skills upgrade of Filipino workers to workers in selected countries.

The objective is to sustain the upgrading of the capabilities of Filipino workers - already the employees of choice in various countries for their honesty, industry, reliability and capability to easily learn new skills.

She explained that under the government's retraining program, the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) would conduct licensure examinations for Filipino professionals, who have yet to take the exams required for their profession, right in the country where they are working. (PIA) [top]

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