President Duterte urged to sign Tulong Trabaho bill into law

President Rodrigo Duterte / photo from Manila Bulletin

Manila, Philippines - Senator Joel Villanueva on Wednesday urged the President Rodrigo Duterte to sign the Tulong-Trabaho Act that seeks to provide free access to technical-vocational education in the country.

This bill was authored and sponsored by Villanueva, now waiting for the president’s signature to become a law following the ratification of both Houses of its bicameral committee conference report.

“The passage of our Tulong Trabaho bill into law will make tech-voc accessible to all, boost our workers’ confidence to face the world of work and ensure that the youth who are ready to work hard with the right skill sets to obtain in-demand jobs.” the senator added

“Job-skills mismatch remains a problem in our labor sector and that is why we are adamant in pushing for the passage of our Tulong Trabaho that seeks to narrow the gap of unemployment by providing free tech-voc training and addresses job-skills mismatch through establishment of a Philippine Labor Force Competencies Competitiveness Program that is based on Labor Market Intelligence Reports,” Villanueva said

Based on the JobsFit 2022 Labor Market Information (LMI) Report of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), 43.9 percent or almost a million of the unemployed across the country in 2017 have either reached or graduated from high school.

And of the said figure, 825,000 are college undergraduates or those who have already completed a college degree.

The report also noted that college undergraduates or graduates are less likely to get hired compared with jobseekers with lower level of educational attainment due to the former’s higher salary demand.

Tulong Trabaho Fund will be administered by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), additional financial assistance to students such as transportation allowance and laboratory fees will now be included under the said bill.

Source: Politics, Senate

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