MANILA (PNA) -- The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Friday
said that a valuable, free Career Guide has been made accessible
online for new graduates and jobseekers at the newly-launched GMA
(Greater Modular Access) Jobs Center kiosks now operational in key
malls and local government units nationwide.
Acting Labor Secretary Romeo C. Lagman said that by means of the
Career Guide, the DOLE, through the Bureau of Local Employment (BLE)
which supervises the GMA Jobs Center, aims to broaden relevant
information on highly in-demand but hard to fill occupations, and
increase the access to opportunities.
Lagman said that by making widely available such valuable career
guidance information for free in the Internet, jobs and skills
mismatch can be further mitigated to improve the opportunities for
Filipinos specially the youth.
He added that towards this purpose, the complementary Guiding Youth
Careers - A handbook for those young jobseekers, had been developed
by the BLE in collaboration with the International Labor Organization
Also accessible online, the said handbook may be used by guidance
counselors in vitally assisting young job seekers, by providing them
with effective direction and advice pertaining to their career and
Lagman said that for its part, the Career Guide, which is a series of
occupational briefs on more than 40 occupations, contains relevant
information such as the nature of a job, its education and competency
requirements, earnings, employment and job outlook.
He added that the guide covers the in-demand occupations identified
during the DOLE-led National Human Resource Conference in 2007.
The occupations are as follows: accountant, aircraft mechanic,
animator, architect, barista, bartender, CAD operator, call center
agent, caregiver, chef, civil engineer, commercial airline pilot,
computer programmer, cook, dietician, electrical engineer, geologist,
heavy equipment mechanic, heavy equipment operator, hotel
reservations officer, massage therapist, mechanical engineer, medical
technologist, medical transcriptionist, metallurgical engineer,
mining engineer, nursing assistant, physical therapist, optometrist,
pharmacist, physical therapist, professional nurse, receptionist,
retail salesperson, room attendant, software engineer, surveyor,
telemarketer, tour guide, travel agent, waiter/waitress, welding and
Lagman, who chaired the successful DOLE 2008 Labor Day Committee,
said the GMA Job Center kiosks were launched nationally at the
following malls last May 1: Starmills (San Fernando, Pampanga);
Galeria (Ortigas) and Forum (Pioneer, Mandaluyong); Lipa City,
Batangas, and Dasmarinas, Cavite; Iloilo City and Bacolod City, and
earlier at the Robinson's Mall in Malate, Manila.
The Acting Labor Chief said that the GMA Jobs Center is the
Philippines' first unified and synchronized system incorporating the
DOLE's time-tested Phil-Jobnet job search facility, with a better
capacity to reach out to a much greater client base with free,
relevant jobs and skills information.
Aside from the online kiosks, the Career Guide is also readily
accessible at the Internet directly through the Philjobnet website at
www.phil-job.net, or the Bureau of Local Employment website at