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DOLE-RO I sees potential of enhanced NSRP as effective job facilitation tool

 

Results of the validation conducted by the DOLE-RO I through its field offices bared considerable benefits of the new National Skills Registry Program (NSRP).

To be implemented from 2017 to 2022, the current NSRP is basically an upgrade of the original system which was started in Region I in 2010.

The NSRP is a program initiated by the DOLE with the main objective of maintaining a continuing nationwide skills registry through its Skills Registry System (SRS) database.  It is an employment facilitation machinery of DOLE which aims to cover all the cities/municipalities with operating Public Employment Service Offices (PESOs).

With the issuance of Department Order No. 165 in 2016, the new NSRP comes with the establishment of the PESO Employment Information System (PEIS), formerly known as the Skills Registry System (SRS).  The Order enjoins all PESOs to use the system. It sets, however, a target of 10 PESOs per year to undergo technical support and trainings.

The PESO Employment Information System (PEIS) is the enhanced version of the Skills Registry System. It is a database of active manpower supply containing the profiles of all persons and employers registered under the NSRP. It shows information on the qualifications and skills of the applicants as well as the job vacancies posted by the employers. This registry is maintained and updated by all participating PESOs nationwide.

“What is good about the PEIS is that it has the capacity to regularly track the employment status of registrants enrolled in the system,” DOLE-RO I Regional Director Nathaniel V. Lacambra said.

The system has integrated the functionalities of Client Tracking System which captures not just the profiles and skills of jobseekers but also other information such as vacancies and client transactions, assistance and interventions provided. 

During the presentation of the field office assessment and validation results on September 3, it was noted that contributing PESOs have increased from 40 in 2018 to 60 in 2019, or 47 percent of the 129 PESOs regionwide.  Correspondingly, registered employers have grown from 354 in 2017 to 2,584 as of August 2019.  The vacancies posted have also increased significantly from 6,610 in 2017 to 40,969 as of the same period. 

A total of 16,862 transactions catering 7,277 applicants were recorded. It means they were either placed, assessed, referred for wage employment, given career and employment coaching, provided with labor market information, referred for skills training or livelihood programs, trained and granted livelihood assistance. 

“The gains may be minimal at this point.  But we will continue documenting the gaps and good practices to keep on improving the system,” Director Lacambra said.

In order to maximize program benefits, much still needs to be done in terms of program management, advocacy and networking, partnership building and incentivization, the Regional Director told. END/Arly Sta. Ana-Valdez with report from TSSD

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2019-09-10
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