The Provincial Government of Samar through Governor Sharee Ann Tan, and the Philippine Business for Education, represented by Florence Ann de Castro, recently sealed its partnership for Samar’s JobsNext Program.
With the Industry 4.0 or the Fourth Industrial Revolution, digitalization and the advancements of technology fundamentally changed the industry and how it operates.
While Industry 4.0 translates to growth and more efficient operations, it threatens the labor force as sectors start transitioning to the digital atmosphere.
Samar’s JobsNext Program sought to mitigate the repercussions of Industry 4.0 by providing appropriate skills and lifelong learnings to enable the workforce to take on jobs of the future.
“We will upgrade their skills to ensure employability, and a sustainable future for them.”
“The province will focus on the development of our human capital. Our people are our assets. We will upgrade their skills to ensure employability, and a sustainable future for them,” Governor Sharee Ann Tan said.
“We will be upskilling and reskilling our workforce so that Samarnons can adapt to automation and digitization.”
“We will be upskilling and reskilling our workforce so that Samarnons can adapt to automation and digitization,” Tan added.
With the JobsNext Program, an ordinance that sought the creation of the Samar Future Skills Council was passed by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan.
The council is tasked to identify priority emerging jobs along with its appropriate training, partnership with institutions for the development of training programs, and the development of a recruitment plan.
Further, JobsNext will capacitate the Public Employment Service Office in the job selection and matching process to ensure compatibility between the skills at hand, and the jobs offered.
In 2016, the International Labour Organization conducted a study focusing on five Association of Southeast Asian Nation countries, namely: Cambodia, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.
The study revealed that new technologies disrupt major sectors, and that around 56% of employment in these countries is at risk of displacement due to technology.