TESDA to survey construction, IT-BPM sectors on potential impact of automation

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THE Technological Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) is hoping to launch a survey next month to evaluate the potential impact of automation on job training requirements.

“It’s a workplace skills survey. It will pinpoint actually kung ano ang mga (what are the) skills requirements of the industry,” TESDA Director General for Policies and Planning Rosanna A. Urdaneta told BusinessWorld.

She added, “We will start by next month.”

Ms. Urdaneta said that TESDA will partner with the I.T. & Business Process Association of the Philippines (IBPAP) in conducting the surveys. The priority industries are construction as well as Information Technology and Business Process Management (IT-BPM).

These two sectors are thought to be potentially the most affected with increased adoption of artificial or augmented intelligence in the workplace.

The survey will give government agencies an understanding of how greater automation and will affect not only employment but also the businesses themselves.

“We’re trying to do that because right now, we don’t really know (much about) the form or content (of the changes),” she said.

The results of the workplace skills survey will be released next year. — Gillian M. Cortez