Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday announced that 50 employers, 40 of them local and 10 overseas recruiters, have confirmed their participation in the DOLE-National Capital Region’s Kalayaan, Kabuhayan para sa Kinabukasan, or KKK Job Fair to commemorate the 150th Birth Anniversary of national hero Andres Bonifacio on 30 November 2013 at the South Drive, Rizal Park, Manila.

“The 50 employers will bring with them more than 10,000 job vacancies,” said Baldoz after she received a report on the preparation for the job fair from DOLE-NCR Regional Director Alex Avila.

“This early, I urge our jobseekers to prepare to visit the one-day job fair. The job you are looking for could be here,” Baldoz added.

In his report, Director Avila said the DOLE-NCR is partnering with the Public Employment Service Offices (PESO) Association of Metro Manila, private sector organizations, and government agencies in the conduct of the job fair, adding he expects the number of vacancies to increase as the event approaches.

Baldoz said the KKK job fair is a prelude to big DOLE 80th Anniversary celebration on 8 December and the aim is not only to drum up interest and support to the anniversary activities, but also, more importantly, to bring productive and decent jobs within the reach of the jobless, including fresh graduates.

“This job fair, like every other DOLE job fair, seeks to address the job-skill mismatch problem by promoting better coordination between employers, academia and government,” she said.

Serving as historical backdrop of the KKK job fair is the national commemoration of the Andres Bonifacio, the “great Plebeian”, whose 150th birthday is being marked by on the theme, ‘Dangal at Kabayanihan, or Honor and Heroism.
The KKK job fair will have three components: (1) Job Fair proper; (2) Pre-Employment Documentation and Advisory Services; and (3) TESDA Free Service & Information Booth providing for registration of interested students who would like to avail of technical-vocational scholarship grants and free hair-cut and massage.

Avila said the following government agencies will be present onsite to offer pre-employment documentation and advisory services to jobseekers: Bureau of Internal Revenue, for Tax Identification Number; National Bureau of Investigation, for NBI Clearance; National Statistics Office, for Birth, Marriage, other certificates; Social Security System, for social security, loan/contribution verification, advocacy on social protection;  PagIbig, on advocacy on housing and other services; Philhealth, for services advocacy; Professional Regulation Commission, for licensure examination, licenses, board results; and the Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns, for advocacy on Batas Kasambahay.

The following organizations are DOLE-NCR partners for the KKK job fair: National Historical Commission of the Philippines; National Parks Development Committee; Philippine Information Agency-NCR; Metro Manila Development Authority; Light Rail Transit Authority; Smart Communications, Inc.; Philippine Daily Inquirer; PALSCON Federation of Filipino Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Inc.; Philippine National Police; and the PAMM.

The DOLE’s Administrative, Financial Management, and Human Resource Development Services, and the Labor Communications Office; Bureau of Local Employment; Philippine Overseas Employment Administration; Overseas Workers Welfare Administration; National Conciliation and Mediation Board; Employees Compensation Commission; and Occupational Safety and Health Center are supporting the DOLE-NCR job fair.

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