Pangasinan unemployment rate goes down

September 27, 2009 at 1:23 am 1 comment


LINGAYEN – Despite the country’s rise on jobless Filipinos, Pangasinan unemployment rate went down to 8.3 percent in April this year from 9.2 percent during the same period last year posting a decrease of .9 percent.

News dispatch dated September 15 by the Agence France Presse (AFP), an international and the oldest news agency in the world, reported that unemployment in the Philippines jumped to 7.6 percent from year-ago rate of 6.8 percent, or an increase of .8 percent.

But Pangasinan posted a decrease in unemployment which, according to Pangasinan Employment Services Office head Alex Ferrer, can be attributed to the effective implementation of various manpower and employment development program of the provincial government.

“From 9.2 percent unemployment rate last year it went down to 8.5 percent in January this year and in three months time because of the intensified employment program that include job recruitment, special program for employment of students, career guidance or employment counseling and testing and OFW assistance, the province’s jobless rate sank to 8.3 percent,” Ferrer said.

Ferrer added that since Governor Amado T. Espino, Jr. assumed his post in July 2007, the PESO has accomplished more than what is expected starting from high turn outs of job fairs, job placements and assistance.

“Job solicitation was intensified and even the provincial government had its share of absorbing job applicants, mostly skilled workers and laborers for its various infrastructure projects. Of course, the influx of big companies like the SM Shoemart in Rosales served as another contributory factor,” he disclosed.

The current total labor force of Pangasinan according to the National Statistics Office (NSO) is 1.8 million.

In this connection, PESO Pangasinan continuously conducts impact projects for students under the Special Program for Employment of Students in addition to the scholarship program being offered. Career guidance and employment counseling or testing is regularly held in coordination with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

All these, Ferrer said are geared toward improving the unemployment rate posting 91.7 percent placement rate during the first quarter of 2009 noting that more than one million Pangasinenses have better jobs now compared to the previous years.

The PESO also reported that most of the job openings being offered in their job fairs were mostly for skilled workers like welders, hotel workers that include cooks and housekeepers, medical workers and factory workers.

Just recently, the Technical Education and Skills Development Administration (TESDA) and PESO Pangasinan had a tie up for Job Bridging Program wherein interested individuals may train under housekeeping, commercial cooking and household services for better skills that will surely bridge them to innovative job access in cooperation with the TESDA.

Other intervention program designed to assist displaced workers to avoid unemployment is thru the assistance of OWWA’s entrepreneurial capability enhancement scheme that allows former OFWs to set up their own enterprise after acquiring the needed skills.

Specialized skills training for OFWs include welding, carpentry, plumbing and culinary arts that are considered highly in demand in the tourism and industry sectors, including front desk and tour.

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Mary Ann Pidlaoan  |  August 11, 2010 at 10:15 am

    what if nakatapos na ako in college degree but I want to re-enrol in owwa’s scholarship in all owwa’s member. pwede pa ba ako? i am 18 years old

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