by: Sarah Joson
Wednesday, January 7, 2015 |
According to the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), tourism and business process management (BPM) are the top two among six sectors that are anticipated to provide jobs to 4.5 million workers this year.
Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said the tourism sector is expected to have an increase in demand of at least 2.5 million workers, as it is predicted to attract 8.2 million international visitors and 51.7 million domestic travellers in 2015 - which could then result to increased activity and workforce.
Likewise, the IT-BPM sector is seen to have a 1.3 million increase in demand for workers, and will continue to grow until next year.
Baldoz noted that the agricultural sector is reclaiming its share in employment as it is now one of the prioritized segments in the 2015 national budget. Other industries include manufacturing, infrastructure and logistics, and housing.
As for the 2015 budget, she said the government seeks to provide poor Filipinos safe and affordable homes through socialized housing which consequently leads to increased demand for workers in the housing industry. She added that the government also allotted a bigger budget for high impact infrastructure projects, particularly in areas which were affected by super typhoon Haiyan.
Demand for construction workers is also expected to surge to work on projects such as roads, airports, bridges, seaports, and railways.
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