PHL in need of chemists, geologists, other professionals

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Sunday, January 12, 2014

MANILA -- Proving that the problem of job mismatch remains prevalent in the country, 20 professions have been identified by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) as having shortage of qualified applicants.

According to a recent report of the DOLE on the JobsFit program, DOLE Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz identified 20 jobs, where there is a shortage in workers.

They are architect, chemical engineer, chemists, environmental planner, fisheries technologists, geologists, geophysicists, petro geochemist, petro-physicist, micro paleontologists, and engineering geologists.

Also in the list are guidance counselors, librarian (licensed), medical technologists, sanitary engineer, computer numerical control (CNC) machinists, assembly technicians (servo-actuator/valve), test technician (servo-actuator/valve), pilot, and aircraft mechanic.

The DOLE has repeatedly pointed at the labor-mismatch problem as the problem faced by the country saying the jobs available do not suit with the skills of the work force.

In a bid to address the problem, the labor chief related that they are now looking to tap foreign workers to fill-in the demand.

According to Baldoz, they are now looking at foreign workers as short-term solution to the skills shortage in the country.

“The Bureau of Local Employment is now proposing to liberalize the labor market and test the allowing of the entry of foreign workers, who possess the required skills,” said Baldoz.

As for the long-term program, Baldoz said the DOLE will also enhance its career advocacy program by sending out more guidance counselors in order to help address the jobs mismatch problem in the country while also closely coordinating with the Commission on Higher Education (Ched) on how to prioritize promotion of such skills among incoming college students.

“At a certain point in time, once the shortage is gone, we can already go back to normal… This way, we could produce graduates that are prepared to take over the jobs to be taken by foreigners,” said Baldoz. (HDT/Sunnex)

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