Amid issues on the employability of senior high school graduates, the Employers Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP) on Wednesday admitted that fresh graduates and those who finished the K-to-12 curriculum were on the lower end of employers’ hiring priorities.
“Talagang realistically speaking, nandun sila sa lower lane of priorities,” ECOP president Sergio Ortiz-Luis Jr. told reporters at the sidelines of an event in Pasay City.
(Really, realistically speaking, they are in the lower lane of priorities.)
Ortiz-Luis explained that companies prioritize employees they laid off during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic as the economy recovers.
“Not necessarily because ayaw nila ng (they do not want) K-to-12 [graduates],” he said.
He added that companies also prefer higher education or college graduates and those with long experience in the job market.
“‘Yun ang problema ng mga K-to-12 (That’s the problem of K-to-12),” the ECOP chief said.
Ortiz-Luis said that once there are more investments coming in which would translate to more jobs, a lot of employment opportunities will open for K-to-12 graduates.
Data from the Philippine Statistics Authority showed youth (15 to 24 year olds) employment rate in June was estimated at 90.1% or 6.45 million employed youth out of the 7.16 million youth labor force.
The number was higher than the recorded estimate of 88.2% in June 2022 and 89.4% reported in May 2023.
Unemployment rate among the youth was recorded at 9.9% or 711,000 out of the 7.16 million youth labor force.—AOL, GMA Integrated News