DOLE sees creative industries as key job provider

February 23, 2011 11:58 pm 

MANILA, Feb. 23 — A Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) study, Project JobsFit, shows that creative industries in the Philippines would be a leading provider of productive opportunities for appropriately-skilled and qualified Filipino workers in this decade.

Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda D. Baldoz has, thus, encouraged Filipino workers, students and the youth, to consider pursuing "creative" careers, and to acquire needed skills for these industries where employment opportunities are seen to flourish in the next 10 years.

"The creative industries are among the emerging industries which Project JobsFit has identified to generate jobs," Baldoz said, adding that job seekers with appropriate skills will readily get employed in these sectors.

Project JobsFit shows that opportunities in the emerging creative industries are "in-demand but hard-to-fill," such as 3D modelers, 3D artists, 3D animators, flash animators, systems analysts and designers which are mostly computer and digital skills-based opportunities. These also include positions for broadcast engineers, video editors, and visual artists/designers.

The labor and employment chief said that Project JobsFit is in line with the goal of President Benigno S. Aquino III, in his 22-point labor and employment agenda, to strengthen employment and human resources development in the Philippines.

She advised students and the youth that the surest way to fill up these in-demand, but hard-to-fill opportunities would be through the acquisition of the proper qualifications and skills, which would make them readily employed, and in turn decrease labor-jobs mismatch in the economy.

Baldoz also urged investors and established companies in the country to train and upgrade would-be workers and personnel on computer-based, digital, and related capabilities. "Our Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) is ready to assist both industries and workers on their training development needs," she said.

Director Maria Criselda R. Sy of the Bureau of Local Employment had reported to Baldoz that creative industries comprise one of several emerging industries in the country which are projected to drive employment growth faster than the gross domestic product (GDP) in the long term, based on the results of Project JobsFit.

In addition to creative industries, Sy said that other employment drivers include power and utilities, renewable energy, and diversified/strategic farming and fishing— all considered as newly-emerging or 'non-traditional' industries.

Project JobsFit had identified 12 key employment generators (KEGs) that have the potential for absorbing the most number of the Philippine workforce in the long term to 2016 and beyond. These are as follows: agribusiness, cyberservices, health and wellness, hotel, restaurant and tourism, mining, construction, banking and finance, manufacturing, ownership dwellings and real estate, transport and logistics, wholesale and retail trade, as well as overseas employment.

The BLE chief also said that in power and utilities, the hard-to-fill, but in-demand occupations include those for electrical control operators, equipment operators, electrical technicians, mechanical technicians, mechanics, power production plant operators, electrical engineering technicians, mechanical engineering technicians, and electrical mechanics and fitters.

In the renewable energy sector, similar opportunities are projected to grow within the decade for checkers, electrical engineers, loaders, mechanical engineers, quality control engineers, electrical engineers, other engineers, and related professionals.

Finally, in the diversified/strategic farming and fishing industry, the numerous occupations up to 2016 and beyond include those for fishermen, aqua‐culturists, horticulturists, farmers (root crops, fruit & vegetable, upland and lowland), and others.

For the other industries, similarly numerous in-demand but hard-to-fill occupations are contained in the Project JobsFit report prepared by a multi-agency team led by Sy in consultation with various regions, stakeholders, agencies, and the captains of Philippine industry in 2010. (PNA)

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