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Sunday, July 29, 2012

Learn and Earn In New DOLE Program

Spice up your educational background with an extra skill and earn more in the future.
This is the advice of Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz to students and graduates as she encouraged them to take short-term technical-vocational courses which shall augment their degrees, or even create vast opportunities for them in the world of work.

“As the country’s labor market has gone increasingly competitive, technical and vocational training has been a reliable and cost-effective way that can help our future workforce reinforce themselves with higher chances of landing productive, in-demand jobs,” Baldoz said.

“It’s about time that students get educated with the latest labor market information. Instead of taking popular courses, those less considered courses and training programs may yet prove to be the best paying and most fulfilling. Some of these courses and training program are in the technical-vocational (tech-voc) field and offer the fastest turnaround from classroom to workplace, from new skills to paychecks,” she added.

Baldoz’s advice came as she cited computer technicians, bakers, and steamfitters as three of the in-demand technical-vocational careers featured in the DOLE’s Career Guides, which can be accessed at the Bureau of Local Employment’s website,

Making another pitch for the Career Guides, Baldoz said working students who want to earn while pursuing their tertiary education or even after graduation can take up a computer technician course, or become a baker, or steamfitter.

“There is no specific educational requirement for these tech-voc careers. To become a baker, for example, one may not need to finish hefty degrees in Culinary Arts, Hotel and Restaurant Management, or to become a computer technician, one needs not have a degree in Information Technology. They only need to finish apprenticeship programs and/or short-term courses offered by training schools and centers accredited by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA),” Baldoz said.

“The DOLE, through the TESDA, provides massive technical-vocational skills training, retraining, and upgrading of workers, in response to the requirements of modern industries for highly-skilled, flexible, and more productive manpower,” she explained.

Baldoz said training courses for aspiring Bakers, Computer Technicians, and Steamfitters are being offered at P5,000 to P12,000 at TESDA accredited institutions nationwide.

The TESDA website cites training programs on commercial baking offered by the Center for Advance Training in Food and Beverage Services, while computer-related courses such as PC assembly, hardware, and software troubleshooting, laptop servicing, PC LAN/WAN set-up, and computer hardware servicing at the CATIA Foundation, Inc., and Computer Networking Career and Training Center Inc.

Meanwhile, those interested in steamfitting or pipefitting may go directly to TESDA offices to know more about the 202-hour pipefitting training course and its competency-based curriculum which covers the basic, common, and core competencies required to competently perform pipefitting tasks such as cutting bevel and thread pipes; tack welding; installing underground piping and overhead piping systems.

Local entry level salaries for these tech-voc careers range from P8,000 to P15,000 per month. Some may even go freelance or opt to work overseas. Steamfitters may earn $700 to $800 monthly, while Bakers in United States and Canada can receive monthly compensation of $2,212 to $2,238.

As for Computer Technicians, local minimum salaries range from P500 a day and up, while abroad, computer-savvy workers can earn average salaries of $18.18 per hour.

Translating into action the paradigm of “seek-find-train-certify-employ” strategy to enhance skills training and upgrading, Badloz expressed confidence that enrolling in tech-voc courses is a ‘plus factor’’ that will make students more ‘marketable’ as they become ‘specialistas’ in the country’s bank of human resources with their acquired specialized skills.

“It takes only months of apprenticeship/learnership to obtain knowledge and skills about these jobs. I advice students and jobseekers who want to earn and most importantly to experience work ethics firsthand, to try these short-term and part-time careers as they prepare themselves for the bigger world of work that awaits them,” Baldoz said.

The DOLE's 101 Career Guides feature in-demand jobs/careers viable in the next five to ten years. It describes the basic education requirements of a job, skills and competencies, attributes and characteristics, salary/compensation, prospect for career advancement, employment opportunities, and cost of education or training. It seeks to aid and supplement students and jobseekers alike, with current information on particular jobs to make informed decisions about their chosen careers. To know more about other upcoming in-demand jobs, visit DOLE’s 101 Career Guide at

source: DOLE

Friday, July 27, 2012

Engineering Courses Are In Demand

Engineering courses could lead to jobs in manufacturing, power and renewable energy emerging industries - DOLE

Photo credit to: ralphbijker
Labor and Employment Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday encouraged forthcoming college students, the high school seniors now, to consider taking engineering courses related to demands of emerging industries where they could land a job after graduation. 

“We urge our future workforce members to check related courses in the country’s emerging industries and acquire the skills for these industries where employment opportunities are highly expected to flourish in the next 10 years. One of these courses is engineering,” Baldoz said.

She pointed students to the rich trove of relevant labor market information (LMI) available in the DOLE’s Project Jobs Fit which details a wide range of opportunities in the country’s key employment generators (KEGs) which identify manufacturing, along with the emerging power and renewable energy as industries where industrial and electrical engineers will be in-demand up to 2020.

"The manufacturing and power and renewable energy 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.

Citing the Bureau of Local Employment's (BLE) Career Guides which provide basic information on the occupations identified in the Project JobsFit, Baldoz said an industrial and electrical engineer need to have a bachelor’s or graduate degree. A license from the Professional Regulation Commission is also required to practice electrical engineering.

“There are many career opportunities that await industrial engineers. They can work in in manufacturing. They can work in other fields such as aviation, transportation, communications, electric, gas and sanitary services, government, insurance, and real estate,” Baldoz said.

Electrical engineers who are specialists in designing, developing, and supervising the manufacture of electrical equipment, systems, and facilities are well sought in industries such as mining, water supply, construction, transport, storage, electricity, and gas.

Locally, an industrial engineer’s entry level salary may range from P15,000 up to P20, 000 per month. In the US, highly-trained and experienced IEs can earn an annual average salary of around US$90,080 or $6,259 per month.

The local basic salary of an engineer in specialized fields may range from P16,000 to P35,000 per month depending on the industry he is employed. A monthly income of US$4,700 to $6,700 can be earned by those who opt to work overseas.

“Once employed and trained, electrical engineers may advance to become technical specialists, team supervisors, or engineering managers, where they are responsible for larger or more significant work functions and duties,” Baldoz said.

Baldoz said educating students, workers with current and relevant labor market information gives them the right signal towards careers with high employability. She stressed that deciding on a career is not a mere trial-and-error thing.

“Taking popular course nowadays has been the common path of least resistance, which leads to the perennial problem of jobs and skills mismatch,” she admonished.

The DOLE's 101 Career Guides feature in-demand jobs/careers viable in the next five to ten years. It describes the basic education requirements of a job, skills and competencies, attributes and characteristics, salary/compensation, prospect for career advancement, employment opportunities, and cost of education or training. It seeks to aid and supplement students and jobseekers alike, with current information on particular jobs to make informed decisions about their chosen careers. To know more about other upcoming in-demand jobs, visit DOLE’s 101 Career Guide at

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Distressed OFW receives financial assistance

 In just a matter of months, several distressed Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in the Kingdom have received financial assistance from their kindhearted compatriots in Jeddah.

Just last week during the opening of the Overseas Filipino Basketball League (OFBL), a Filipina who was allegedly abandoned by her husband almost a year ago received financial assistance from the players, audience members and organizers.

OFBL Chairman Salvador Boy Teves and the league’s commissioner Rocky Gil handed over SR1,400 to Mina (her name has been changed to protect her identity) donated by fellow Filipinos.

Teves expressed his happiness on the unselfish act of the people inside the basketball court.

“I was touched by their kindness and we are happy to be a part of this noble endeavor to help needy Filipinos in the kingdom.”

Teves said their doors for the needy are always open and helping people will always be a part of the OFBL’s program. Meanwhile almost 20 teams participated in the opening ceremony last Friday at Time-Out Olympic Court on Television Street.

Gil promised an exciting ballgame during Ramadan where Filipinos living in the industrial area will have extra time to watch the matches due to the shortened working hours.

read the entire news source at SAUDI GAZETTE

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Friday, July 20, 2012

OFWs donate benches to the Philippine Consulate General

Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in Jeddah donated 15 benches to the Philippine Consulate General last week.

Atoy Esguerra, Project Director of Kaagapay Mo Advocacy group that initiated the donation, said the benches were intended to provide comfortable seating to Filipinos and people of other nationalities who come to the consulate for official purposes.

“We noticed the shortage of chairs in the consulate particularly in the consular section where Filipinos and other nationals come for a variety of services including renewal of passports, processing of visit visas and other legal documents,” Esguerra explained.

Esguerra said his group’s chairman talked to Consul General Uriel Norman Garibay and offered to donate additional chairs to alleviate the inconvenience visitors face while waiting to be served.

Reymon Martinez and Orly Portugal, other officials of Kaagapay ng Bawat OFW, said the benches would not have been donated had it not been for the help of the Filipino community.

Those responding to the request of Kaagapay ng Bawat OFW were: Pinoy Photographers Club (PPC), Raffy Abesamis of Archway Recruitment Agency, KASAPI Congress, Pinoy Expatriates for Social Organization and Sports (PESOS), Filipino Salesman and Merchandisers Association (FILSAMA), Filipino Artiste Migrant Ensemble (FAME), Lowell Plameras of The Media Brokers Btl-Solutions, Mar Par and the Astig Group in Jeddah, Joey Guhit of PICPA-WRKSA, Eli Sarmiento and the, Overseas Filipino Workers Cooperative Council (OFWCC) and the Kaagapay Mo ang Kaagapay ng Bawat OFW.

Consul General Garibay thanked all donors who participated in Kaagapay’s project, and praised OFWs for their support.

Kaagapay Mo thanked Red Bull for assisting the group in preparing the donated benches for use.

source:  Saudi Gazette

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Jobs for Architects Is In Demand

THE Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) is encouraging graduating high-school students to consider taking architecture if that is their inclination and if they wish to easily land on a job after college.
An architect is a hard-to-fill occupation identified in the DOLE report, Project JobsFit: The DOLE 2020 Vision.
Project JobsFit: The DOLE 2020 Vision, is a nationwide research study aimed at identifying local and global industries that would drive employment growth, including the corresponding skills requirements, for the next 10 years. It was conducted by the DOLE through its Bureau of Local Employment (BLE).
Based on the findings and recommendations of the study, the BLE developed the 101 Career Guides, a body of relevant and updated information on the basic education requirements of a job, skills competencies, salary, prospect for career advancement and employment opportunities. The results are meant to be disseminated and shared mainly to students to help them make wise career decisions.
“We, at the department, would like to prepare our students by providing them with information that would help them make better choices for their future,” said Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz of the 101 Career Guides.
The 101 Career Guides describes an architect as a licensed professional trained in the art and science of building design and who provides a wide variety of professional services to individuals and organizations planning a construction project.
An architect is required to have a professional degree in architecture and, prior to taking a licensure examination, a period of practical training, and internship.
However, although graduate education beyond the professional degree is not essential for practicing architecture, it is normally required for research, teaching and other specialized areas of architectural work.
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Thursday, July 5, 2012

Family of sick OFW seeks help from Inquirer readers

Sulficia Bellocillo Tibre, 66, a former domestic helper in Italy for 20 years and a resident of 2898 A. Guarra St. in Baclaran, ParaƱaque City, is currently in serious condition at San Juan de Dios Hospital where she was admitted on May 21 for severe pneumonia, a mild stroke and complications arising from diabetes.
She is being cared for by her only son, also a former overseas worker in Italy, who has been out of a job since he brought her home in October 2011.
Tibre’s condition is worsening because her family does not have enough money for her daily medication which costs over P6,000.
Her attending doctors have also recommended that she be returned to the intensive care unit although this is not possible at the moment because her family cannot provide for her medical needs.
Aside from returning her to the ICU, her doctors have also suggested that she undergo throat surgery to allow her to breathe more easily as well as flush out the phlegm in her lungs. The procedure however, has been put on hold until her family can make a downpayment on the cost of the operation.
Her son, Carlo Tibre, is imploring Inquirer readers to help his mother get better. Donations in kind or in cash are welcome. Cash donations may be coursed through the patient’s Metrobank ATM savings account 
source: Inquirer News