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PIA Press Release
2009/02/17

PGMA tells TESDA to prepare retrenched workers of electronics sector for BPO sector

Manila (17 February) -- "Prepare all retrenched engineers from the electronics sector for the business process outsourcing sector."

This was the assignment given by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to Director-General Augusto Syjuco of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), and Business Processing Association of the Philippines (BPAP) President Oscar Sanez as the government prepares for the possible retrenchment of licensed engineers in the electronics sector in the face of the worsening global economic crisis.

The new TESDA and BPAP program is part of continuing efforts of the administration to assist displaced workers and overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in the electronics sector to match their skills in BPO- related jobs.

"So, ito ay isang programa na gagawin ngayon ni Boboy (Secretary Syjuco) at ng BPAP to re-tool the retrenched engineers from the electronics sector so that they can be prepared as engineers for the BPO industry," she said.

The President issued the order when she visited TESDA's Training Matching and Job Assistance Fair in Taguig City and discovered that more retrenched workers from the electronics and semi-conductor companies in the CALABARZON area have been given a chance to be re-hired in the BPO industry.

In her conversations with the lucky job applicants, the President explained that the re-hiring by BPO firms of some displaced workers from the electronics and semi-conductor companies was a clear signal that retrenched workers still have a big chance to land jobs in other sectors.

She pointed out that notwithstanding the global financial meltdown, employment opportunities still abound for call centers agents, animation, medical transcriptionists, software developers and other BPO-related fields.

"Hindi lamang call center agents, hindi lamang medical transcriptionists ang kailangan nila (BPO companies), para mas bumilis ang paglaki ng industriya kailangan i-hire yung mga engineers (retrenched from electronics sectors) for their applications," the President said.

Meanwhile, Connie Jucar, a licensed nurse and a victim of the global financial meltdown, who served in continental electronics manufacturing company for 12 years, testified to the President that after undergoing rigid training at TESDA, she was able to get a new job.

She told the President that during the TESDA jobs fair she applied for the position of medical transcriptionist in Xynet, one of the biggest medical transcription companies in the country today.

She said that Xynet immediately hired her after learning that she completed a crash call center course at TESDA.

Aside from Jucar, former electronics and semi-conductor employees who got new jobs in the BPO industry. They are Marinella Agnes Catindig, former employee of Amkor Philippines; Mary Joy Iladan; former employee of Intel Philippines for 11 years; McDonald Enebrad, Roberto Acosta Vinluan, Victoriano Capico, Maricel Bergartoz, Eileen Espiritu, Nanette Padilla, and Purisima Ogate.

As of 1:30 p.m. today the number of registrants at the jobs fair totaled 4,645 but more people were on their way to TESDA.

Other government agencies participating in the jobs fair were the Department of Labor and Employment, Department of Trade and Industry, Commission on Information and Communication Technology, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration and Philippine Overseas Employment Administration. (PIA-MMIO) [top]

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