Sen. Juan Edgardo Angara pointed out that the digital skills training program by the government should be not only exclusive to young people but also to senior citizens who are still willing and capable of undertaking the program.
“There are countries, like Sweden, that are training their senior citizens on digital skills. We have many people who retired early and are still capable of being productive,” Angara reasoned.
Angara urged for the approval of the proposed National Digital Careers Act (Senate Bill No. 1469), a bill intended to promote the development of digital careers in the country and teach Filipino workers under the new normal.
Angara stressed that it’s imperative to enact the bill given a lot of businesses have shifted to online or digital platforms amid the pandemic. With several traditional jobs available are disappearing, the government agencies should establish a “whole of government approach” needed to help Filipinos secure new jobs that require technological know-how.
Agencies such as Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Department of Education (DepEd) and Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) now has a critical role to play in providing the infrastructure needed to prepare the Filipino workforce shift to digital careers.