High unemployment rates can be attributed to a mismatch in the worker competencies that institutions produce as compared to the needs of a particular industry. This proves to be true in the experience of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) through its Local Governance Support Program for Local Economic Development (LGSP-LED).
LGSP-LED has worked with 9 project sites in 11 provinces, 8 cities, and 60 municipalites since 2008, aiming to spur local economic deveopment through tourism development. As the Program heavily engages the private sector in its initiatives, a common concern among businesses is the limited supply of local workforce which has the appropriate knowledge and skills to make a competitive local tourism industry.
It has since been an advocacy of government and industry to institute reforms in education and training to ensure that local workforce competencies will be responsive to needs of present and future enterprises. DILG is currently developing a workforce development initiative to support LGUs in LGSP-LED areas, specifically in enabling LGUs plan and implement support on manpower needs of local sectors.
The Skills Training for Accelerated Growth in Local Governments (STAG-LG) is a key component of the Business Friendly and Competitive LGUs (BFCL) Outcome Area of DILG, in collaboration with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA). STAG-LG aims to help LGUs prepare their communities by providing the necessary intervention in workforce development to meet the demands of investments in local tourism and agribusiness industries.
To explore specifically how DILG can create a framework on rolling out STAG-LG that can efficiently support LGUs, LGSP-LED is engaging a Canadian workforce development consultant to share experiences and recommendations with local experts ensuring that efforts will achieve BFCL outcome area targets.