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Task force to boost employment recovery formed

DIFFERENT government agencies headed by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, (TESDA), and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) signed a Joint Memorandum Circular (JMC) that would create jobs and improve the employability of workers.

The JMC constitutes the National Employment Recovery Strategy (NERS) Task Force.

“Let me convey my appreciation to all the agencies that contributed to our endeavor to generate more employment opportunities and to improve the employability of our workers through the NERS,” said DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello III.

NERS is a medium-term plan geared towards creating employment opportu - nities and improving the employability of F i l i p i n o s while taking into consideration the changes in the labor market brought by the pandemic and the fast adoption of the Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies.

“This JMC will fortify our collective undertaking as a Task Force working to develop a policy environment that encourages the generation of more employment opportunities, improves employability and productivity of workers and supports existing and emerging businesses,” the DOLE chief said.

This aligns with the overall economic recovery strategy espoused in the updated Philippine Development Plan 2017-2022 and the ReCharge PH.

“We, at the DOLE are looking forward to our stronger eng a g e m e n t with our stakeholders from the private sector, labor and e m p l o y e r groups so that as one, we heal, recover, and enjoy the fruits of a recharged and reinvigorated labor market,” he added

The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) released the full Gross Domestic Product output for 2020 showing a -9.5 percent contraction of the economy.

“Based on the Annual Estimates of the Labor Force Survey, the employment rate is at 89.8 percent, while the unemployment rate is at 10.2 percent - the lowest and highest, respectively, since 2005,” Bello added.

“This underscores the importance of coordinated efforts to bring our economy back on its feet, to recover our losses in the labor market, and preserve existing jobs, businesses, and livelihood amidst the lingering pandemic,” he said.

Other signatories of the JMC are the Department of Transportation (DOTr), Department of Tourism (DOT), Department of Education (DepEd), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Budget and Management (DBM), and Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).