Olongapo SubicBay BatangGapo Newscenter

Wednesday, March 16, 2005


With the country set to pour out thousands of more college graduates this month, Senator Richard Gordon yesterday called on the Department of Education to synchronize its educational strategy to the availability of actual jobs.

“The graduation of thousands of more college graduates this year would further swell the ranks of the unemployed,” bewailed Gordon, recalling that the current unemployment rate is around 11 percent of the labor force. Underemployment is around 15 percent, making the number of unemployed and underemployed more than one-fourth of the labor force.

Gordon suggested that the Department of Education, together with other government departments, like the Department of Trade and Industry and the National Statistics Office, should conduct a survey of jobs available in order to synchronize its “education strategy” with the country’s economic requirements.

Gordon observed that the misalignment of the careers and training of graduates every year with the actual need of the industrial, agricultural and services sector of the country has contributed to a massive employment and unemployment factor that is contributing to poverty.

“Now is the time to formulate a strategy for educational courses to synchronize with actual job needs before the start of the next school year,” said Gordon.

He cited the “scandalous case” of many doctors and other professionals taking up courses in nursing in order to get jobs abroad as an example of the “miseducation” of the Filipinos.

“We should find out if we have too many doctors or too many lawyers, and find out which of the professions and services are in need of more human resources, so that we can properly guide our next batch of graduates on what course to take so that they could ensure themselves of better, more remunerative jobs in the future, said Gordon.

Gordon also observed that while the foreign labor market is a lucrative source of jobs for Filipinos, the country could not rely permanently on this source because it could “dry up.” He pointed to the restriction of available jobs in Malaysia, Japan and other countries, as a possible trend for the future.

“Thus we must also try to re-orient our economic policies to create more job opportunities at home so we do not have to rely heavily on foreign jobs to provide livelihood and income for our people,” said Gordon.

He added that the education department, along with the National Economic and Development Authority, and other economic planning bodies could get together to synchronize their programs for job creation and job qualifications


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