Press Release
August 27, 2011


Senator Frankin Drilon today said that the government should monitor and conduct surveys on specific course offerings of tertiary educational institutions to address job-skills mismatch and to trim down the increasing number of unemployed individuals.

Drilon, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee told a recent budget hearing of the Department of Labor and Employment that We should realize that the mismatch between our graduates and our jobs would result in low productivity, and low productivity means low wages.

Drilon said that job mapping is critical in order to determine what are the in-demand jobs until 2016 and what are the specific disciplines that should be enrolled.

He added that the DOLE should coordinate with the Professional Regulation Commission and the Commission on Higher Education in order that those courses which obviously would produce produce graduates which cannot be employed could be regulated in terms of their offering these courses.

Drilon said the results of the study, which DOLE Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz said will be available next month, should be published and be easily accessible especially to those who have no access to the Internet.

This, as there is an oversupply of about 287,000 nursing graduates who are either unemployed or underemployed and cannot be employed in the nursing profession because of lack of jobs in the nursing sector.

Drilon also urged the DOLE to conduct studies on the matter of increasing the number of tech-voc enrollees and what is the governments starting base, so that we will know whether or not at the end of this administration, there is more consciousness to get into tech-voc education which is really the key for better employment.

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