DILG Holds TraBAJO Industry Forum

The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG)-led TraBAJO industry forum was held yesterday at the SMX Convention in Bacolod City with the different sectors from the national government agencies, local government units, and the private sectors represented.

Department of the Interior and Local Government officials led by Undersecretary Austere Panadero, DILG regional director Anthony Nuyda and Director Anna Liza Bonagua of the DILG Bureau of Local Government Development grace the TraBAJO (Training for Better Access to Job Opportunities) Industry Forum at the SMX Convention Center in Bacolod City.*(EAD-PIA6 photo)

TraBAJO or Training for Better Access to Job Opportunities is Workforce Development Program that enhances the capacities of local government units to develop and manage sound and responsive workforce.

TraBAJO covers 11 provinces, 9 cities and 39 municipalities including the Province of Negros Occidental and the cities of Bacolod, Talisay and Silay where about 1,000 beneficiaries from these Local Government Units (LGU)s will have access to quality and sustainable job opportunities or create community-based enterprises.

DILG Usec Austere Panadero in his keynote message during the TraBAJO Industry Forum said it is not about the 1,000 jobs it is about figuring out what sort of human resource needed today for our present requirement but more importantly as we move forward.

“We have ASEAN integration and the markets have changed enough and maybe one of these days if we are not strategic with our plans, we might have ASEAN workers in our midst,” Panadero added.

Meanwhile, DILG Bureau of Local Government Development director Anna Liza Bonagua said these LGUs need to put in place their Public Employment Services Office’s employment information system, an online repository of information on available manpower and their corresponding skills and also conduct an industry forum.

According to Bonagua, Negros is the first province to launch and do the TraBAJO Industry Forum among other pilot sites in the country.

Bonagua added that the priority economic sectors or industries in Negros Occidental are Tourism, Information Technology-Business Process Outsourcing and the Hotels and Restaurants, and where the province is also including the agriculture as another focus area.*(JCM/EAD-PIA6 Negros Occidental)