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DOLE sets up Skills Registry System in Ifugao towns
(2012-12-03)
LAGAWE, Ifugao. The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) launched the National Skills Registry System (NSRS) here and in the town of Kiangan.

In the orientation of barangay captains (BCs) and barangay nutrition scholars (BNS) of this municipality and that of Kiangan last November 22 and 23, respectively. It was explained that the NSRS is a nationwide manpower skills registry system that can serve as a means of providing adequate and available supply of labor and demand when needed.

It is a roster of active labor supply that shows information on the qualification and skills set of registrants which are either formally acquired in school or gained through experiences and with a computerized system, this registry can be readily accessed by clients or interested parties through information highways that is available throughout the country.

According to Employment Officer Isabelita Codamon who conducted the orientation, since the NSRS is web-based it is designed to reduce job-skills mismatches and facilitate employment by providing information about available supply of labor and demand.

She explained that the problem of increasing unemployment is not actually caused by the dearth in jobs but of skills-mismatches or the skills and education of the workforce do not match the needs of firms and industries. Hence this registry system is a vital strategy that can address the twin problems of unemployment and under employment not only in the province but the country as a whole.

DOLE-Ifugao Field Officer Alexander Gumabol in his welcome remarks said that this activity aside from reducing job mismatches can also shorten the period of job searches and save jobseekers huge cost and convert jobs into employment.

He said this will result in the live registry of skills, updated list of establishments and job vacancies which are posted and the establishment of an integrated data bases of various agencies like the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, National Statistics Office, Professional Regulations Commission, Tesda and others in order to produce a reliable, accurate data on jobs and manpower pool in the province and in the country.

Codamon said the BNS are being tasked to do skills registration in the 20 barangays of Lagawe and the 15 barangays of Kiangan this month of November until December so that by January next year these data will be encoded at the respective SRS of the Public Employment Service Offices of these towns.

The DOLE staff also distributed advocacy materials and taught the BNS how to fill up the registration forms when they will conduct the skills registration in their barangays.

(Isabelita Codamon, Sr. LEO)


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