The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), through the Bureau of Local Employment (BLE), held the National Lessons Learned Workshop on the National Skills Registration Program (NSRP) 6th Wave Implementation last 22-23 of September 2016 at the Hive Hotel and Convention Center in Quezon City.
Technical Services and Support Division (TSSD) personnel, particularly NSRP focal persons, from various DOLE Regional Offices attended the event. The BLE–Labor Market Information, Research and Career Guidance Advocacy Division (BLE-LMIRCGAD) NSRP program officers and technical staff served as resource persons and facilitators for the workshop.
DOLE–NCR Regional Director Johnson Cañete graced the first day of the workshop. Regional Director Cañete said “Mistakes of the past should serve as a lesson in order to succeed.” He reminded the participants to take part in the activity and share their learnings from the past 6th and final wave of the program.
Since its pilot program launched in 2009 and formal implementation in 2010, NSRP has become one of the employment facilitation machineries of the DOLE.
In 2015, the 5th wave of implementation comprised a total of 207,091 registrants from different DOLE Regional Offices (ROs), Provincial/Field Offices and Public Employment Service Offices (PESOs), covering 439 cities and 6,958 barangays from all over the country.
BLE Director Dominique Rubia-Tutay reports a total of 1,171 local government units (LGU) or 25,747 barangays that were covered as of the 5th wave. Further, total of 2,613,547 registrants are in the record, and among these are 1,725,658 registrants actively looking for work.
“SRS is a very important tool, particularly at the local level. Nakakatulong po ito sa ating local government particular in their local development plans,” shared Director Tutay. She emphasized that it is relevant to sustain up-to-date data in the online SRS because industry partners are active in using these information as bases in their recruitment and human resource development activities. “Ito po ay isang signal na naniniwala po sila and mga partners sa programa,” she added.
As the NSRP heads on its last phase, program implementers from different DOLE RO representatives shared key learnings on the program’s communications strategies, information systems management, and data analyses as well as reviews on the monitoring and evaluation mechanisms. More importantly, they provided assessments and reviews relative to the key issues and challenges they encountered in the field throughout the implementation of the program.
The participants are all for the sustainability of NSRP, and hence supported the drafting and submission on the NSRP Plan 2017-2022.
NSRP was conceptualized and eventually implemented because of the increasing need to improve employment facilitation services through information and communication technology (ICT), alongside the provision of up-to-date and reliable labor market information (LMI).