SRS MOA Signing. DOLE Davao Regional Director Joffrey M. Suyao (seated, 2nd from left) and Montevista Mayor Eutropio S. Jayectin (3rd from left) along with two Sanguiniang Bayan Members sign the Memorandum of Agreement for the implementation of Skills Registry System in Montevista town in Compostela Valley Province. Also in photo are (L-R) DOLE-ComVal Provincial Chief Erlinda Mamitag and DOLE Regional Employment cluster head Lariele P. Arce.Easy location and quick job matching of skilled workers and professionals can be done once the regional skills map is established.

This is the aim of the Department of Labor and Employment in Davao Region as it starts to put up the Davao Regional Skills Map, another innovative facility to hasten matching of employers and jobseekers in every barangay across Davao region.

“With this virtual mapping of skills, we can easily locate and identify the number of carpenters, plumbers, other skilled workers, and professionals in the respective barangay and link them with employers looking for specific skills among the manpower supply,” said DOLE-Davao regional director Joffrey M. Suyao.

The project is part of the DOLE’s National Skills Registry project (NSRS) a system aimed to create a roster of jobseekers and their skills and competence.

Davao region is now on its fifth and last wave of launching the SRS programwhich started in 2011 in Davao City. The towns covered in the fifth wave included: Montevista and Compostela Valley in ComVal Province;  Sarangani, Kiblawan, Sulop, Magsaysay and Jose Abad Santos in Davao del Sur;  Caraga, Banay-Banay,  and Cateel in Davao Oriental and New Corella, Talaingod and San Isidro in Davao del Norte.

A complete set of desktop computer, printer scanner and NSRS forms were given to support the registration of jobseekers in the municipality.

“Once the system is established, we can assist jobseekers in finding possible job placement. This could also aid the planning and decision-making of local chief executives since the system could provide relevant data as to skills availability and training needs in the respective areas,” Suyao said.

“ In close coordination with the PESO, we will send job vacancies from major cities to LGUs (Local government units) so that based on the registry they could refer employment opportunities to their constituents,” Suyao added.

To register, jobseekers need to visit  their barangay Halls or the respective  Public Employment Service Office (PESO) and fill out the NSRS form.

“It is common misconception that there are no available jobs, in truth there are a number of  vacant jobs that need to be filled. The problem is that the skill of the prospective applicant does not meet the requirements of their prospective job,” Suyao said.

“Hopefully could address job and skill mismatch,” he added.

Sherwin B. Manual/DOLE11