DOST trains workers affected by automation

Published January 29, 2021, 4:45 PM

by Jeffrey Damicog

Anticipating job losses as a result of more companies seeking automation using artificial intelligence, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) has launched a training program meant to re-training affected workers for other skills.


“The projected number of those who will be affected is significant,” said DOST Sec. Fortunato de la Peña on Friday, Jan. 29, during a virtual presser hosted by the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO).

“That’s the reason why (at) the Department of Science and Technology, we have launched a big training program on data science, data analytics, and  artificial intelligence,” the secretary explained.

De la Pena said training program is done under Smarter Philippines through Data Analytics, Research and Development (SPARTA).

“This (is provided) free for those who will be interested, particularly, itong mga people that may be affected by the shift from the kind of business that we will have with the entry of artificial intelligence can be prepared or be skilled,” he announced.

“We are the ones managing and funding that but we are helped by the Development Academy of the Philippines and Data Analytics Association of the Philippines,” the secretary added.

De la Pena noted that 30,000 slots were opened for the online training program.

So far, he noted that “out of the 30,000, we have close to 23,000 (training) now.”

“They have a choice whether they can take up data analytics program, data science program or progress to artificial intelligence program,” he noted

“Our intention is really to re-skill the workers who might be affected by the entry of artificial intelligence as a mode of doing work,” the secretary reiterated.