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The Institute for Labor Studies hosted the National Human Resources Development Roadmap Writeshop which was held at the Local Governance and Learning Center, Blas F. Ople Hall of the Department of Labor and Employment Offices in Intramuros, Manila on November 5, 2015.

DOLE Undersecretary Nicon F. Fameronag gave a primer on the writeshop, emphasizing that it is the preparatory activity for the crafting and formulation of the National Human Resources Development Roadmap”.

“The DOLE is set to undertake a series of sectoral consultations for the formulation of the National HRD, a document intended to complement the visions and strategic directions of the various industry roadmaps in terms of developing the right skills and ensuring talent availability. The DOLE views the formulation of the National HRD Roadmap as a serious commitment to address challenges on skills mismatch, which worsens the long standing issue of unemployment and underemployment.”Participants to the writeshop include employees from the National Wages and Productivity Commission, Bureau of Local Employment, National Reintegration Center for OFWs, Bureau of Labor Relations, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, National Conciliation and Mediation Board, Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns, Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, Professional Regulation Commission and the Bureau of Working Conditions.

The ILS OIC-Executive Director Mary Grace L. Riguer provided the participants an overview of the writing process keeping in mind that the goal of the writeshop is to be able to produce 23 HRD Situation Analysis Reports, 22 for the completed industry roadmaps and one for the Overseas Employment sector.

The National HRD writeshop yielded reports for the Aerospace, Iron and Steel, Biodiesel, Rubber, Chem and Petro- Chemical, Motorcycle, Metal Casting, Plastics, Cement, Ceramic Tiles, Furniture, Electrics Vehicle, Copper, Automotive, Mass Housing, Jewelry, Tool and Die, Natural Health Products and Electronics and Semiconductor Industries.

The National HRD Writeshop is the first step in the three part consultation series, which will be followed by a meeting conducted between DOLE Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz and industry leaders to generate support for the consultations and elicit the relevant participation of industry representatives.

Industry Leaders Express Support to HRD Roadmapping

The Institute for Labor Studies hosted a Breakfast Meeting with the Industry Leaders, November 13, on the National Human Resource Development Roadmap which was held at the Conference Room of the Office of the Secretary, at the Department of Labor and Employment.

The said meeting marked the commencement of the series of consultations for the formulation of the National HRD Roadmap being spearheaded by the DOLE. During the meeting, Industry leaders were able to respond to specific issues on skills supply and demand and give inputs for policy enhancements in the area of human resource development. They were also able to provide additional information on in-demand and hard-to-fill occupations, traditional and emerging occupations and core competencies which are relevant to the specific needs of the said industries.

Industry leaders who attended the meeting expressed their support for the roadmapping initiative of the Department and recognized the high importance of human resource development for industry productivity and competitiveness. Further, the industry leaders committed their sector’s participation in the Multisectoral Consultations and subsequent undertakings to produce the sectoral HRD roadmaps.

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