Wanted urgently: Sugarcane farmer
The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) was surprised to learn that there is a dearth of sugarcane farmers in the country after the job got the biggest number of vacancies, second only to call center agents.
The Philippine Star reported that there were 12,400 job vacancies for sugar farmers and 100 for sugarcane grinders as of the end of March.
“This is the first time that sugarcane farmers figured in the top 20 most in demand jobs. The development is a welcome surprise since agri-workers are not normally included in the list,” Baldoz was quoted by the Star as saying.
Call center agents had the biggest demand of 28,000 job openings, according to the DOLE’s Bureau of Local Employment (BLE),
The Star reported that Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz attributed the high demand for sugar workers to the stable prices of sugar, which makes it a good investment.
The Star said there are 700,000 workers in the country’s 19 sugar-producing provinces.
Government has been trying to entice farmers to level up to agri-business to add value to farming.