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    DOLE serves 4.4 million workers, jobseekers seeking quality employment

    The labor department’s employment facilitation programs served some 4.4 million job seekers, including employees looking for better work opportunities, in 2022.

    The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), through the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority’s (TESDA) Skills Development Program, has certified more than half a million, or 631,410 trainees in its vocational training and apprenticeship programs.

    Moreover, 6,627 seafarers finished the Maritime Training Skills Competency of the DOLE’s National Maritime Polytechnic, the sole government maritime research center.

    NMP provides skills and competency training to Filipino seafarers to increase their acceptability for employment in the domestic and international shipping industry.

    The Professional Regulation Commission, another attached agency of DOLE, administered 41 Professional Licensure Examinations to more than 116,000 examinees amid the restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    During the year, DOLE also pushed for a more vigorous school-to-work transition by enlisting 102,025 youth to the Special Program for Employment of Students or SPES, the Government Internship Program or GIP, and JobStart.

    SPES is an employment-bridging program that provides temporary employment to poor but deserving students, out-of-school youth, and dependents of displaced or would-be displaced workers.

    GIP provides high school, technical-vocational, or college graduates an opportunity to work in local or national government offices.

    JobStart is a DOLE program that prepares Filipino youth for employment through career coaching, life skills and technical training, and internships with employers.

    Amid the strict implementation of COVID-19 health and safety protocols, DOLE also conducted 521 job fairs, which were attended by over 100,000 job seekers. Through the Public Employment Service Offices (PESOs), the Department also referred up to one million job seekers to employers and training institutions. Of this number, almost 970 thousand applicants were hired during the year.

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