DOLE Classifies Hard-To-Fill Jobs as In-Demand in the Philippine Agricultural Sector
The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) classifies several hard-to-fill positions as high demand in the Philippines’ agricultural sector.
DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello III cites data from JobsFit Labor Market, claiming that such hard-to-fill but in-demand job positions are agricultural economists, animal husbandry, and aquaculturists, among others.
Bello states 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.”
DOLE also disclosed that hundreds of young agricultural professionals will be deployed to various offices and projects under the Government Internship Program (DOLE-GIP).
Bello, along with Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary William Dar, recently signed an agreement to ensure technical and agricultural biosystems engineers and graduates will be employed under DA.
The measure is to ensure that the gap in the agricultural sector will be filled in the foreseeable future. It will also deploy agricultural professionals to various government projects and offices in the Philippines.
DOLE-GIP aims to provide opportunities and engage young workers to serve in government agencies, projects, and programs on a national and local level.
The internship period shall be for a minimum of three months and a maximum of six months. The internship stipend will be equivalent to the existing minimum wage of the region where the beneficiary is employed. The intern is also entitled to insurance coverage.