“The Kapihan at Balitaan Session serves as an avenue to exchange views and solicit feedback on recent industry developments and issues. It is an integral step in disseminating up-to-date labor market information (LMI) and strengthening government and industry partnership,” DOLE Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz said.

Different industry associations and government agencies were represented in the Session to shed light on the status of their specific group in the country. Together with DOLE Secretary Baldoz, (TESDA Director General Joel Villanueva), Undersecretary Reydeluz Conferido, TESDA Executive Director Marta Hernandez, BLE Director Dominique Tutay, and LCO Director Nicon Fameronag are panel discussants which include Assistant Secretary Rafaelita Aldaba of Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Mr. Alfredo Lim of the Federation of Philippine Industry (FPI), and Mr. Alejandro Escano from the MFI Foundation Inc. (MFI).

“DOLE engages industries identified as key employment generators (KEGs) in the recently published JobsFit Labor Market Information Report 2013-2020 through these series of Kapihan sessions. It is essential for the government to engage industries in the field of manufacturing and agribusiness to boost employment and provide signals for the academe and jobseekers,” DOLE Undersecretary Conferido said.

The 2nd Kapihan-Balitaan Session also drew participation from various media platforms in the country.

“This meeting promotes coordination and synergy between the government and industry sector... it is a key element in information exchange”, Director Tutay said. “Continued talks with our industry partners help us in validating our reports and studies,” she added.

More Kapihan Sessions on other industry groups are expected to be conducted for the course of 2014.