Butuan City—The heads of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Caraga Provincial Offices, along with the Public Employment Service Office Managers and Staff, Provincial Coordinators and Program Implementers convened at Watergate Hotel in Butuan City last September 6-7 for the conduct of National Skills Registry Program (NSRP) Regional Assessment and Validation Exercises.

DOLE Caraga Regional Director Chona M. Mantilla expressed her utmost gratitude to the participants of the event. She gave a glimpse on ASEAN workforce opportunities and trends based on International Labor Organization (ILO) report. RD Mantilla also presented the qualifiers during the top students’ summit in Surigao City.

“The National Skills Registry Program is a good avenue to provide more job opportunities in the region. At the end, it is not numbers that matter, but the results because employers value experience and credibility,” RD Mantilla reminded the participants of the activity.

On the first day, the Provincial NSRP coordinators presented the statistical performance reports on the implementation of NSRP. The reports cover five indicators: the number of participating Barangays, the new and updated registrants, employment status, establishments registered, and vacancies solicited. The reference period for the reports is January to August of this year. Based on the report, Agusan del Sur Provincial Office generated the highest number of participating Barangays which is 60 Barangays for the starting month of implementation. The statistics on other indicators fluctuates across the months within the reference period. It was observed, however, that there is a significant rise in numbers of registered individuals in PESO Employment Information System, the main database system of NSRP.

On the second day, issues and concerns encountered as well as good practices by the PESO managers and program implementers were discussed. The issues were categorized into three theme areas namely: System Functionality, Program Process, and Advocacy and Networking Initiatives. Miss Olga Virginia D. Asis, the NSRP Regional Focal Person facilitated the drafting of the 2019 action plan for the implementation of National Skills Registry Program based on the recommendations of the participants.

For the closing remarks, Assistant Regional Director, Naomi Lyn C. Abellana appreciated the NSRP coordinators for their efforts and convictions in advocating the program. She also commended Miss Asis, ISA II, for successfully managing the program.

The Regional NSRP Assessment and Validation Exercises aim to document gaps and good practices by Public Employment Service Offices and DOLE in the 2018 implementation of NSRP.

Kim F. Labastilla