The First Calabarzon Jobseekers Summit and Provincial Job-Skills Matching convened jobseekers and representatives from the academe, industry, and government at the Batangas City Convention Center, Batangas City on 25 October 2017. The event was spearheaded by the Calabarzon Regional Development Council’s Special Committee on Strengthening Academe and Industry Linkages (SCS A-IL) in partnership with the Department of Labor and Employment Region IV-A and the City of Batangas.

With the theme “Enhancing Jobseekers’ Readiness Towards a Global Calabarzon”, the Summit is a milestone not only for Calabarzon but for the whole country as it revolved around improving jobseekers’ readiness to increase their employability.

Setting the context of the Summit, Director Domique Rubia-Tutay of the DOLE-Bureau of Local Employment presented the employment situation in the Philippines and in Region IV-A and 21st century skills in the workplace. DOLE IV-A’s Youth Employability Framework and the highlights of a region-wide survey which gathered jobseekers’ experiences and challenges were also presented. From there, a panel composed of representatives from the academe, industry, national and local government, and non-government organization recommended interventions to assist jobseekers. The Summit also provided a venue to see the job-skills gap in each of the five provinces of Calabarzon and recommend specific interventions to improve employment in each area.

The Jobseekers Summit builds on the gains of last year’s Calabarzon Academe-Industry Linkages Summit where one of the commitments in the signed Manifesto is to provide better education and employment and continuously provide a venue for academe and industry partnerships to thrive.

The Summit was organized by the technical working group composed of government representatives from CHED, DepEd, DOLE, TESDA, NEDA; academe representatives from Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities, De La Salle University-Dasmariñas, Batangas State University, Cavite State University, Laguna State Polytechnic University, Southern Luzon State University, University of Rizal System, University of the Philippines Los Baños; and industry representatives from IT & Business Process Association of the Philippines, Association of Petrochemical Manufacturers of the Philippines, Inc., and Motorcentral Sales Corporation. The NEDA Region IV-A served as the Jobseekers Summit Secretariat.

Theresa Jane Cajarte | November 3, 2017