PINAWI ni Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez ang mga pangamba sa posibleng pagkawala ng trabaho dahil sa sumusulpot na mga bagong teknolohiya sa iba’t ibang industriya.
“Technology leads to innovation and new approach in doing things. It won’t always lead to loss of jobs but rather provide opportunities for the industry to increase productivity and introduce new high-paying jobs for Filipino workers. We should welcome it and be ready to adapt to this phase of industrialization. In fact, continuous innovation is needed if companies are to remain competitive,” wika ni Sec. Lopez.
Aminado ang DTI chief na ang teknolohiya ay mahalaga para mapagbuti ang kahusayan at pagiging produktibo.
“People will have to be upskilled and retrained to upgrade their current skills and acquire new ones to remain relevant. There are current programs integrating new skillset requirements with schools and training centers to prepare the students and the current workforce. Many companies also provide upskilling and retraining programs as well as apprenticeship opportunities,” sabi pa ng kalihim.
“Technology change is not just happening now as there have been different periods of industrialization– from the first to the fourth Industrial Revolution– where forms of jobs changed but the human labor market remained relevant and needed. This started with manual labor to produce things, leading into the advent of mass production and concepts of having production lines where workers learned how to run and work with machines,” pagbibigay-diin pa ni Lopez.
Dagdag pa niya, hindi nakapagpapawala ng trabaho ang paggamit ng makina, bagkus ay binubuksan nito ang ibang larangan ng trabaho tulad ng manufacturing, servicing, at maintenance of machines.