By Aerol B. Patena
MANILA, (PNA) — Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) remains undaunted in its efforts to train Filipinos with the necessary skills for them to be gainfully employed despite a recent Labor Force Survey by the National Statistics Office (NSO) showing that the country has recorded 7.3 percent unemployment rate, Joel Villanueva, TESDA Director General, said in an interview.
Villanueva stated that the latest survey will inspire the agency to evaluate its training programs to see if they have been effective in providing employable skills for workers.
“We remain committed to prepare our workforce for employment and support in creating jobs for our countrymen,” Villanueva stressed.
Technical-vocational education boosts an individual’s chance for employment as more than six out of 10 Filipinos are gainfully employed.
The TESDA chief has reiterated that there are many jobs available for jobseekers.
“There are many job vacancies available through online job portals. There is still demand and more opportunities for Filipino workers,” according to Villanueva.
“Filipinos must really go out of their way to find jobs and be equipped with the necessary skills and competencies for employment,” he added.
The recent survey showed that most of the unemployed belong to the youth sector, particularly in the age bracket of 15-24, and are high school graduates.