The best promising employment opportunity that awaits a Bicolano willing and eager to work within the region are on the blue collar side.
It is because there are more blue collar than white collar job opportunities in Bicol.
This is confirmed by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) which pegged the estimate that eight out of 10 people employed are either technical or vocational workers.
The phenomenon is fueled thru temporary employment requiring laborers in infrastructure projects by the government and private sectors, which are not on a year-round basis.
Nevertheless, the latest national labor force survey by the PSA showed Bicol posted the second highest employment rate among the regions. It did not qualify though whether employment is casual or temporary or permanent in nature.
With business process outsourcing and shopping malls setting up branches in Metro Naga and Legazpi City the need for more sales clerks, food servers and related jobs, and phone answering personnel is in the horizon. It could open up chances of employment for 4 and five-year college degree holders who are still in the lookout for jobs.
These projected service-driven oriented-job openings are casual, and temporary only, a scheme being resorted to by concessionaires, mall and BPO operators. It is common knowledge these jobs could actually be permanent in nature, character and tenure.
That is why it has become one of President Rodrigo Duterte’s point of interest, ending contractualization during his term of office.
PSA said the Bicol economy last year recorded the highest growth rate with 8.4 percent growth in terms of Gross Regional Domestic Product (GRDP) or P154 billion in goods and services produced.