DoLE identifies in-demand but hard to fill jobs in agri-business

Published November 8, 2020, 2:28 PM

by Leslie Ann Aquino

There are several jobs in the agribusiness sector classified as in-demand but hard to fill, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said Sunday.

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III

Citing data from the JobsFit Labor Market Information Report 2022, the Labor chief said these jobs are agricultural economist, animal husbandry, and aquaculturist, among others.

According to the Department of Labor and Employment, in-demand occupations refer to job vacancies posted recurrently by establishments and industries and have high turnover or replacement rate.

Hard to fill occupations, on the other hand, refer to job vacancies where the company is having difficulty filling because job applicants are not qualified or there is no supply of job applicants as qualified applicants either prefer to work abroad, seek higher pay, or have problems with work schedule or location.

Bello said that while the Philippines is transitioning to an economy with more emphasis on manufacturing and service, it is still an agricultural country where nearly one-third of its labor force is employed in agriculture made up of farming, fisheries, forestry, and livestock.

The Labor department also revealed that hundreds of young agricultural professionals are set to be deployed to various offices and projects under their Government Internship Program.

Bello and Agriculture Secretary William Dar recently signed an agreement so that hundreds of technical and agricultural biosystems engineers and graduates will be employed by DA in order to fill the gap in the demand for the profession in agriculture.

Under the deal, the agricultural professionals will be deployed to various government projects and offices in the country.

DOLE-GIP is a program that aims to provide opportunities and engage young workers to serve in government agencies, projects, and programs on the national and local levels.

The internship period shall be for a minimum of three months to a maximum of six months and the stipend is equivalent to the existing minimum wage of the region where the beneficiary is employed and shall be entitled to an insurance coverage.