As part of its mandate to provide timely and relevant labor market information, the Bureau of Local Employment has released the JobsFit COVID-19 Labor Market Information Report: How the COVID-19 Pandemic is Reshaping the Labor Market. It aims to aid researchers, policymakers, and stakeholders to come up with programs or policies by presenting the labor market landscape, discussing the impact of COVID-19 on employment, and describing the future of the labor market under the “new normal”.
Returning OFWs and workers who have lost their jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic and its associated lockdowns are being invited by the Department of Labor and Employment to apply for several job vacancies from the government’s Build Build Build (BBB) infrastructure projects, particularly the Two China Aid Bridges Project.
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has enlisted the help of the labor department in recruiting Filipino workers for its Binondo-Intramuros and Estrella-Pantaleon bridge projects, being built in collaboration with project contractor China Road and Bridge Corporation. The DPWH hopes to engage workers who have been displaced by the pandemic, and extend them the opportunity to participate in nation-building through the construction of iconic structures under BBB.
The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) together with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) launched a Trabaho Negosyo Kabuhayan (TNK) webpage to counter the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic that restricted the conduct of job and business fairs around the country.
The TNK webpage, which can be accessed through http://www.ble.dole.gov.ph/index.php/TNK, gives jobseekers access to online employment facilitation and entrepreneurial options specially geared toward displaced workers, returning Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), K-12 graduates, persons with disabilities, and senior citizens.
Public Employment Service Offices (PESOs) nationwide will be celebrating a milestone this year as 2020 marks the 20th Anniversary of Republic Act 8759 also known as the Public Employment Service Office (PESO) Act of 1999 which was further amended by RA 10691, institutionalizing PESOs nationwide.