DOLE-9 launches job coaching center to assist jobseekers PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 12 August 2011 15:45

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Regional Office 9 recently established and launched the DOLE ZamPen Testing and Job Coaching Center.
DOLE-9 Regional Director Ponciano Ligutom said the agency pledged to mitigate the perennial problem of job and skills mismatch in the region.

With this development, Ligutom said both jobseekers and employers in the Zamboanga Peninsula region are now assured of a strong and skills-matched workforce.
The establishment of the testing and job coaching center at the DOLE regional office in Zamboanga Peninsula has been part of DOLE’s campaign to establish a jobs-fit and productive labor force through the proactive measures of educating and steering jobseekers to the right place in the labor market towards a job-rich, inclusive growth in all regions.

The center will serve as the ‘labor guide hub’ easily accessible to jobseekers and other entrants to the workforce in the region.
Ligutom reported to the labor and employment Secretary that the region’s network of guidance counselors, coaches, and Public Employment Service Office (PESO) managers will provide free career counseling, employment coaching, and psychological testing, services to applicants of both private and government offices as aid in the hiring and selection process.

The job coaching center is DOLE’s channel in reinforcing the employability, utilization, and productivity of the country’s pool of human resources down to the grassroots level, driven by the mission to lessen the problem of job mismatch and disparity of employment opportunities, so as to also alleviate the brain drain phenomenon.
DOLE Undersecretary Danilo P. Cruz graced the center’s launching, together with vice chairmen Engr. George Ledesma, representing the management sector, and Jose Suan for the labor sector, respectively of the ZamPen Tripartite Industrial Peace Council.

The DOLE has established the center in partnership with the ZamPen Guidance Counselor’s and Career Coaches Network (ZGCCNet) headed by president Ermah Roble, TESDA Region 9, headed by Regional Director Buen Mondejar, together with the regional heads of the Civil Service Commission and ZamPen Association of PESO Managers, who all have pledged to commit towards the holistic operation of the job coaching center.

Ligutom said that the center’s operation is fueled by DOLE’s strengthened linkages with the Local Government Units (LGUs), tripartite partners, and other essential government departments, and reflects an all-out effort to achieve the twin goal of equipping jobseekers with the suitable skills and cultivating productive employment in a competitive environment in the ZamPen region.

“The testing and job coaching center will ensure impartiality in the selection and hiring system of employers, eliminate the ‘palakasan system’, and develop workers’ aptitude and appropriate attitude and competitiveness,” Liguton said.

The center, which costs P250,000 including equipment and other facilities provides free tests and services to workers and jobseekers as they enter the world of work. — PIA