Bam: Trabaho Centers in Schools Act to address unemployment and jobs mismatch, up for plenary discussions

A measure establishing job placement centers in high schools and state colleges and universities (SUCs) has hurdled the committee level and will be up for plenary discussions, according to Sen. Bam Aquino.

 In his sponsorship speech for Senate Bill No. 1278 or Trabaho Centers in Schools Act, Sen. Bam, chairman of the Committee on Education, said the bill, if enacted into law, will help ensure that suitable jobs await both high school and college graduates.

 By institutionalizing job placement offices in public schools and SUCs, Sen. Bam said it will help create employment opportunities and address the prevalent jobs mismatch in the country by serving as bridge between the job market and supply of graduates.

 “Nag-aral at nagtapos. Nagtrabaho at umasenso. Iyan ang pangarap natin para sa bawat Pilipino. Siguraduhin natin na may trabahong naghihintay para sa bawat graduate,” said Sen. Bam, also the author of the measure.

 “Siguraduhin rin natin na may sapat na kaalaman at kakayahan ang mga bagong graduate na punuin ang mga job vacancies,” he added.

 Based on latest data from the Philippine Statistics Office, the country’s unemployment rate is 4.7 percent with over 2 million jobless Filipinos. The number of underemployed Filipinos is pegged at 7.51 million.

“Clearly, there is a need, not only to generate employment opportunities, but also to address the jobs mismatch in the country,” Sen. Bam said.

 The measure mandates the establishment of a Trabaho Center in every public high school and SUC with main services that include: 1) Industry Matching, 2) Career Counseling, and 3) Employment Facilitation.

The Trabaho Center must maintain an updated database of employers, contacts, and job opportunities in the locality and utilize this to provide students counseling on lucrative field of study and what specific jobs they can expect to apply for upon graduation.

  “The key to the success of each Trabaho Center is its relationship with potential employers and industries in their area,” Sen. Bam said.

 The Trabaho Centers can address the skills mismatch by giving feedback for teaching modules and working with TESDA to better develop the skills of graduates and ensure employability upon graduation.

 “This simple intervention can strengthen the link between education and employment and can build a steady bridge for our graduates to cross over to stable jobs and sustainable livelihood,” said Sen. Bam.

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