The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) will improve the access of poor young workers to decent work to reduce youth unemployment in the next six years.
Labor and Employment Secretary Marianito D. Roque said the DOLE has constituted the program steering committee (PSC) tasked to oversee the DOLE’s participation in the country’s implementation of the United Nations’ medium development goals- fund (MDG-F) joint programme on youth, employment and migration (YEM).
The MDG-F joint programme on YEM refers to the US$ 6 million initiative being funded by Spain called the “Alternatives to Migration: Decent Jobs for Filipino Youth,” which aims to improve policy coherence and implementation of YEM through full stakeholder participation in helping poor young men and women in the country gain access to decent work.
Roque said the PSC team has, so far, drafted the DOLE workplan on YEM which contains activities that the DOLE will pursue in line with the MDG-F joint programme for YEM.
He said the activities include the DOLE framework on the development of a national action agenda on decent and productive employment for the youth, 2011- 2016.
The DOLE Chief said the action agenda for youth employment would pave the way for greater public and private partnerships and collaboration in improving access of young men and women to decent work through the provision of inclusive basic education and life skills, and career guidance. The latter will include educating the youth on safe migration, vocational training, and entrepreneurship.
He said the agenda involves the engagement and partnership of the private sector, local governments, and financial institutions in the delivery of DOLE programs and services that would enhance the employability of the youth or develop their entrepreneurship.
For its part, the DOLE will review its entrepreneurship and employment facilitation programs to improve its assistance to young workers seeking employment or livelihood.
To protect the youth from illegal recruitment, Roque said the DOLE agenda on YEM will also include the development of modules on safe migration and pre-employment orientation for inclusion in the secondary education curriculum.
He added that the DOLE will also collaborate with the UN’s International Organization on Migration (IOM) for the provision of education subsidy to children of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and disadvantaged Filipino families.
“These efforts aim to provide our young people, especially from the poor disadvantaged sector who are usually less experienced and less trained, with skills and opportunities that would make them employable or enable them improve their economic and social status through the setting up of livelihood undertakings,” Roque said.