Barangay skills registration, an answer to labor mismatch problem

Written by PIA-La Union

SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union, Feb. 21 (PIA) — To address the perennial issue of labor mismatch, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in the region recently introduced the National Skills Registry System (NSRS), one of the labor reforms being pushed by President Benigno Aquino III to ultimately facilitate employment.

According to Director Henry John Jalbuena of DOLE Region 1, “the NSRS will serve as a live register of skills and businesses available in a particular area, where jobseekers and prospective employers can mutually ‘advertise’ their qualifications and manpower requirements.”

The NSRS,now piloted in the City of San Fernando, jobseekers may register for the NSRS in their respective barangays starting March 1 through the punong barangays and focal persons of the 43 barangays who attended the consultation-briefing on NSRS recently at the ABC Hall, this city.

The 43 barangays pledged their commitment to begin with the NSRS after equipping themselves of the vital knowledge and materials to implement the project, while the remaining 16 barangays of the city to complete the 59 barangays was scheduled in the next round of consultation-briefing.

These16 barangays include Apaleng, Bangkusay, Barangay IV, Biday, Camansi, Canaoay, Carlatan, Catbangen, Dalumpinas Este, Ilocanos Norte, Pagdalagan, Pagdaraoan, Pagudpud, Poro, Puspus, and Tanqui.

According to Arly Valdez, Information Officer of DOLE-1, the Municipality of Rosales signified their intention with DOLE, thru their Public Employment Services Office to avail and implement the NSRS.

Valdez further said that DOLE is targeting the City of Dagupan in Pangasinan and the municipality of San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte as the next prospect for the second wave of localizing the NSRS. (PIA1/La Union with reports from DOLE)

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