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The Bureau of Labor Relations, as one of the member-agencies of the Technical Working Group crafting the National Human Resource Roadmap, conducted a sectoral consultation with the stakeholders from the automotive and mass housing industry last 03 December 2015 and 15 December 2015, respectively.

Participants were composed of representatives from major industry players and government representatives from the Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Public Works and Highways, Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council and Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board.

The sectoral consultations seeks to generate industry data from the stakeholders, present employment projections, identify HRD issues and challenges in the industry, and recommend policy priorities, program convergence efforts and monitoring and evaluation framework.

Though conducted separately, they were one in their position that the industry needs to maintain a pool of skilled workers that they can tap to sustain operations in their respective industries.

In doing so, among the recommendations of the participants is for TESDA to update training regulations to keep the competitiveness of our workers. Likewise, those in the mass housing industry manifested the need for TESDA to extensively promote skills certification to increase employability of workers.

Both industries welcome the opportunity presented by the implementation of the K to 12 program to increase the number of skilled workers that can enter their industry; considering that senior high school graduates will be able to obtain TESDA National Certifications based on the academic strand that the student will finish.

The Department of Labor and Employment aims to produce twenty-two (22) sectoral HRD plans and one (1) overseas employment HRD roadmap to be consolidated into a National Human Resource Roadmap (NHRR).

END/John Christopher P. Lapiz