The Municipality of Malasiqui in Pangasinan inked an agreement with the Department of Labor and Employment-Regional Office 1, making it the fourth local government unit in Region 1 to support the Skills Registry System, which broadly aims to eradicate job-skill mismatch.

A signing ceremony was held yesterday at the municipality’s Arenas Civic Center to seal partnership among the office of Congresswoman Rachel “Baby” Arenas, Mayor Arman Domantay, Sr. and the DOLE-Regional Office 1 headed by Director Henry John Jalbuena.

Jalbuena said the initiative taken by the lgu of Malasiqui is a most welcome development in the Department’s thrust of ensuring quality employment down to the grassroots.  “This new partnership equates to broader local support to our conscious efforts to address the perennial labor mismatch problem, which is enunciated in President Benigno S. Aquino III’s 22-point labor platform and policy reforms,” Jalbuena said.

The SRS was piloted in the region in the City of San Fernando (La Union) on December 2010.  It was later on institutionalized in the municipalities of Rosales (Pangasinan) and Sudipen (La Union).

The municipal government has committed to mobilize barangay officials and personnel to assist in the implementation of SRS activities such as purposive data gathering, encoding of manpower information, storage and updating of register and preparation of reports.

The Regional Director said the SRS is a “live” skills register where both employers and employees can respectively “advertise” their manpower requirements and skills, thereby facilitating job-matching.

The MOU signing was held during a job fair organized by the mentioned entities, where a total of 1,546 local job opportunities from 15 employers were offered to jobseekers.

Jalbuena said that the job fair served to facilitate the on-the-spot employment of 10 jobseekers to Sutherland, Pampanga (7); Robinson’s Supermart, Dagupan City (1); and     Fibre Sorting, Pampanga (2).

He expressed hope that the municipal government will eventually institutionalize the Public Employment Services Office to sustain initial efforts and strengthen employment services for workers in the locality.  asv

Last Updated on March 10, 2022 by lopezhn