Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday announced the tentative schedule of nationwide DOLE job fairs for the first six months of 2016, saying graduates this year could look up to DOLE to provide them assistance if and when they plan to enter the country’s labor market of 41.379 million, which has expanded by 2.5 percent from 2010 to 2014.
“Our efforts continue to facilitate employment of our workers. Job fairs are one of the more tested and effective strategies in employment facilitation,” Baldoz said.
“Every year, we are strengthening our efforts to improve our employment facilitation strategies and mechanisms, as laid down by President Benigno Aquino III in his 22-Point Labor and Employment Agenda, in order to address the country’s job-skills mismatch problem,” she added.
Baldoz said that as the Aquino III administration comes to a close, she is happy to report that youth unemployment is on the downtrend, with the number of unemployed 15-24 year olds settling at 1.139 million based on the October 2015 Labor Force Survey of the Philippine Statistics Authority, a decrease of 3.1 percent from October 2010’s 1.378 million.
“Admittedly, this number is still high, but we are encouraged by the positive results of government interventions, such as our job fairs, during the last five years,” Baldoz said.
She said job fairs are an efficient way to look for employment as numerous companies gather in one venue to facilitate easier search for qualified workers. Aside from DOLE-organized or –sponsored job fairs, there are companies and institutions that conduct job fairs.
Like in the previous five years, the DOLE is announcing its schedule of job fairs in coordination with participating employers, academic institutions, and other government offices through Public Employment Service Offices (PESOs) of sponsoring regions.
Bureau of Local Employment (BLE) Director Dominique R. Tutay said that for the first and second quarters of 2016, the job fair schedules, accessible at the Phil-JobNet are as follows:
National Capital Region: 26 February – San Andres Sports Complex, San Andres cor Adriatico Sts., Malate, Manila;
Cordillera Administrative Region: 5 March – Lubuagan, Kalinga; 10-11 March – STI Baguio, New Lucban, Baguio City; 15 March – La Trinidad Municipal Gymnasium; 18 March – Pinukpuk, Kalinga; 25 March – Rizal, Kalinga; 29 April-University of Baguio Centennial Hall, Baguio; 18 June-Pasil, Kalinga; 21-22 June-Tabuk City, Kalinga;
Region III: 26 February – Mawaque Maragul Covered Court, Mabalacat, Pampanga; Morong Municipal Covered Court, Poblacion, Morong, Bataan; 29 February – Rizal Triangle, Olongapo City; 1 March – La Parilla Restaurant, Kaypian, City of San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan; 4 March – Multi-Purpose Hall, STI Meycauayan, Mc Arthur Highway, Meycauayan, Bulacan; Pandi Gymnasium, Poblacion, Pandi, Bulacan; 7 March – College of the Immaculate Conception, HRM Building Function Hall, Cabanatuan City; 8 March–Orani Municipal Grounds, Bataan; Plaa Cafe, Brgy. Asinan, Poblacion Covered Court, Subic, Zambales; 9 March – Activity Hall, Colegio de San Gabriel Arcangel, Area E. Sapang Palay, City of San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan; 10 March – General De Jesus College Gymnasium, Nueva Ecija; Valencia Hall, Bulacan State University Compound, Guinhawa, City of Malolos, Bulacan; 11 March – Bulacan Polytechnic College Gym, Bulihan, City of Malolos, Bulacan; Core Gateway College, San Jose, Nueva Ecija; 20 March – College for Research and Technology (CRT) Cabanatuan City; 22 March – BPSU Sari-Gamit, BPSU-Main Compound, Balanga City, Bataan; 29 March – Baliuag Gymnasium, Pagala, Baliuag, Bulacan;14 April-STI-Balagtas Campus-Multi-Purpose Hall, Balagtas, Bulacan;
Region IV-A: 26 February – Brgy. Malaban, Biñan City, Laguna; Gabaldon Hall, Los Baños, Laguna; 3 March – Brgy. Canlalay, Biñan City, Laguna; Calamba Job Fair, Calamba City, Laguna; 4 March – Gymnasium of STI Academic Center, Quezon Ave., cor. Perez St., Lucena City; Pamana Hall, City Hall Compound, San Pablo City, Laguna; 11 March – Brgy. Dela Paz Biñan City Laguna; STI College Sta. Cruz, Laguna; 17 March – Calamba City Hall, Laguna; 18 March – Pamantasan ng Cabuyao, Brgy. Banay-Banay, Cabuyao City, Laguna; 19 March – LSPU, Sta. Cruz, Laguna; 31 March – Calamba City Hall, Laguna; 07 April-Calamba City Hall, Laguna; 14-16 April-Calamba City Hall, Laguna; 18 April-Pavilion Mall, Biñan City, Laguna; 21 April– Calamba City Hall, Laguna; 22 April-PUP Biñan, Laguna; 29 April-Gabaldon Hall, Los Baños, Laguna; 01 May-SM Calamba; 01 May-Waltermart Cabuyao, Brgy., Banlic, Cabuyao City, Laguna; 07 May-Brgy. Timbao, Biñan City, Laguna; 12 May-San Antonio, Los Baños, Laguna; 21 May-Calamba City Hall, Laguna; 22 May– Brgy., Casile, Biñan, Laguna; 26 May-Calamba City Hall, Laguna; 27 May-Gabaldon Hall, Los Baños, Laguna; 29 May-Brgy., Ganado, Biñan City, Laguna; 09 June-Calamba City Hall, Laguna; 11 June-Covered Court, Brgy., Niugan, Cabuyao City, Laguna; 16, 23 & 30 June-Calamba City Hall, Laguna;
Region IV-B: 3 March – DWCC Gymnasium, Gov. Infantado St., Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro;
Region V: 1 March – City Hall Lobby, Sorsogon City Hall, Cabid-an, Sorsogon City;
Region IX: 27 – 28 February – Buug, Zamboanga Sibugay Province;
Region X: 4 March – Rizal Park Public Plaza, Iligan;
Region XI: 26 February – Rizal Memorial Colleges, F. Torres St., Davao City; 4 March – Capitol Lobby, Cabidianan, Nabunturan, Compostela Valley Province; University of Southeastern Philippines Gymnasium & Cultural Center, Bo. Obrero, Davao City; 10 March – Tagum City New City Hall, Apokon, Tagum City; 19 March – Gaisano Grand Mall of Panabo; 20 April-Assumption College of Nabunturan Gymnasium, Comval Province; 22 June-Maco Gymnasium, Maco, Comval Province;
Region XII: 26 February – New City Hall, Koronadal City; 29 February – Municipal Hall, Banga, South Cotabato; Notre Dame University, Cotabato City; 2 March – M’lang Municipal Gymnasium, M’lang, North Cotabato; 4 March – Green Valley College Foundation, Inc. School Campus; 11 March – Municipal Hall, T’boli, South Cotabato; 12 March – Dr. P. Ocampo College; 14 March – Notre Dame University, Cotabato City; 25 March – New City Hall, Koronadal City; 05 April-University of Southern Mindanao Kabacan, Cotabato; 29 April-New City Hall, Koronadal City; 27 May– New City Hall, Koronadal City; 17 June-Municipal Hall Lobby, Tampakan, South Cotabato; 20 June-Municipal Ground, Surallah, South Cotabato; 24 June-New City Hall, Koronadal City;
CARAGA: 27 February – Saint Michael College of Caraga School Campus, Nasipit, Agusan del Norte; 29 February – Surigao del Sur State University-Tagbina Campus; 9 March – Caraga State University Campus, Ampayon, Butuan City; 10-11 March – Agusan del Sur Colleges Inc. Gymnasium, Bayugan City; 18 March – AMA Computer Learning Center, JC Aquino Ave., Butuan City; 19 March – Saint Joseph institute of Technology, Montilla Blvd., Butuan City; 27 March – Municipal Lobby, Loreto, Agusan del Sur; 01 May-DOLE Agusan del Norte Field Office, JP Rosales Ave., Butuan City; 01 May-DOLE Agusan del Sur Field Office, San Francisco, Agusan del Sur; 01 May– DOLE Surigao del Sur Field Office, Tandag City, Surigao del Sur; 12 June-DOLE Regional Office, JP Rosales Ave., Butuan City; 14-15 June-Naliyagan Cultural Center, Patin-Ay, Agusan del Sur; 20 June-LGU Tandag City; 22 June-Municipal Lobby, Francisco, Agusan del Sur; 23-24 June-Gymnasium, Bayugan City, Agusan del Sur.
Baldoz encouraged applicants to attend these job fairs, even more to prepare thoroughly before they go to one. As early as now, she enjoined applicants to prepare to bring the following when visiting any of the said job fairs: resume or curriculum vitae; 2 x 2 ID pictures (bring extra copies for multiple job applications); certificate of employment, for those formerly employed; diploma and/or transcript of records; and authenticated birth certificate.
For further details, interested job seekers may visit their respective local government unit’s PESO or DOLE provincial and regional offices. They can also access the complete schedule of job fairs at http://www.phil-jobnet.dole.gov.ph/Schedule.aspx.