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PIA Press Release
2009/03/11

Despite economic slowdown, some businesses expected to hire people

Manila (11 March) -- Labor authorities reported the local hotel and restaurant management industry has more than 3,000 jobs available.

The strong domestic tourism is brought about by remittances from overseas Filipino workers.

Hotel and Restaurant Management Association of the Philippines President Humprey O'Leary said the on-going constructions of hotels, resorts and restaurants nationwide reflects the high level of confidence among investors in the industry.

Although investors acknowledge that the industry is affected by the economic slump, O'Leary said they believe they will reap the benefits of their investments once the sector recovers.

As for the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI), the Philippines differs from other economies because local consumption is alive.

However, PCCI President Edgardo Lacson admitted many graduates do not get hired because they don't have the skills industries are looking for.

To solve the mismatch, Lacson said schools and industries should work together to help graduates and trainees to respond appropriately with actual job demands.

Lacson said PCCI has programs such as the STORE (School-To-Office Response to Employment) system where employers and school administrators can identify the necessary trainings and skills in all steps of recruitment and in all levels of employment.

On the other hand, officials from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE)are urging workers especially those who recently lost their jobs to learn new trades from the training programs provided by Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) and other government agencies to get themselves hired in the hotel and restaurant sector.

TESDA Deputy Director General Rogelio Peyuan said there are openings for bartenders, cooks and housekeepers.

He added that TESDA has Php-1-Billion worth of scholarships which prioritize retrenched workers including OFWs. (PIA-MMIO) [top]

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