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Nanay Evie’s bill to mitigate jobs mismatch, underemployment

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Sorsogon 1st district Rep. Evelina Escudero has filed a bill that, once enacted, would address the usual problem of job skills mismatch in the Philippines.

Escudero filed House Bill (HB) 2867 or the proposed National Career Assessment Examination (NCAE) Act, which seeks to institutionalize the conduct of the exam among high school students.

The bill is aimed at harmonizing and matching the supply of the tertiary institution with the demand of the country’s employment market, she said.

“NCAE shall institutionalize a career direction program for secondary graduates which would assess the potential of the student to enter a four-year degree program or to take a technical/vocational course to embark to entrepreneurship,” said “Nanay Evie”, chair of the House Committee on Basic Education and Culture.

“More importantly, it shall answer the pressing and apparent need to prepare high school graduates for national development and global competitiveness,” added the lady politiko who is the mother of Senator Chiz Escudero.

The bill, which already passed the second reading, also seeks to address the problem of underemployment. Due to a low percentage of graduates who successfully found jobs suited for their respective courses, there is a shortage of employees in blue-collar jobs while an oversupply in white-collar jobs.
The NCAE to be implemented as a result of the law shall be used to maintain a viable balance among the number of white-collared employees, laborers, and entrepreneurs through a provision of career direction to secondary graduates.