Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday bared the specific assistance services the DOLE and its family of agencies will provide jobseekers who will go to its 56 job and livelihood fairs on 1 May, Labor Day.
“There will be a huge gathering of jobseekers and employers on Labor Day in our 56 job and livelihood fairs. We are expecting an unprecedented number of participants, both from the workers’ and employers’ sectors,” said Baldoz.
For jobseekers on that day, Baldoz said the DOLE and its family of agencies will provide the following specific assistance and services:
• Medical assistance. The Bureau of Working Conditions (BWC), Employees Compensation Commission (ECC), Occupational Safety and Health Center (OSHC), and Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) will have doctors and nurses to provide medical assistance to job and livelihood fair participants, if this may be necessary. The OWWA has readies a stand-by ambulance for emergency purposes.
• Employment Facilitation. The Bureau of Local Employment (BLE) and the DOLE-NCR will deploy three units of enhanced PhilJobNet Job Search Kiosk on-site the job and livelihood fair at the Forum on the Philippine International Convention Center grounds so that jobseekers can access online job opportunities, labor market information, and knowledge and information on DOLE programs and services.
• Legal Assistance. The DOLE’s Legal Service, National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC), Bureau of Labor Relations (BLR), Bureau of Working Conditions (BWC), OWWA, Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), and National Conciliation and Mediation Board (NCMB) will have lawyers and technical personnel onsite to render free legal assistance to jobseekers who might seek wish to legal advice and consultation.
• Pre-employment documentation. The Professional Regulations Commission (PRC) will assist professionals looking for jobs in their pre-employment documents or requirements. Some of the PRC services include registration for new licensure examinations passers, renewal of professional IDs, and other registration services.
• Skills demo and others services. The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) will offer free skills demonstration and free haircutting and massage services to the job and livelihood fair participants. Participants may also inquire and avail of the Training for Work Scholarship Program (TWSP) offered by TESDA-NCR at the TESDA booth at the Forum.
Aside from DOLE and its agencies, other government agencies and private companies and organizations also offered their services for the participants of the job and livelihood fairs. Among these assistance and services are:
• Pre-employment documents. The following government agencies will assist jobseekers in their pre-employment documents and requirements: National Bureau of Investigation (issuance of NBI clearance); National Statistics Office (certified copies of birth certificates, marriage certificates, etc.; Bureau of Internal Revenue (issuance of Tax Identification Number and registration as tax payer); Social Security System (social security membership application); PhilHealth (PhilHealth medical insurance registration and IDs); Philippine Post ( issuance of postal IDs); Housing and Development Mutual Fund; Pag-Ibig number registration and IDs.
• Safety and security assistance. The PNP-NCRPO and the Pasay City LGU Rescue Team, in coordination with DOLE-NCR and NCMB, will provide personnel and marshals to render security assistance in assuring the safety of the participants in the job and livelihood fair.
• Other services. The Philcopy will also provide free photocopying and free ID picture services to jobseekers.
“The 2015 Labor Day celebration is anchored on the theme, “Disenteng Trabaho at Kabuhayan, Alay Natin sa Bayan” which clearly identifies the DOLE’s effort achieve an all-inclusive commemoration focused on facilitating workers’ and employers’ search for jobs and the creation of livelihoods towards developing the country’s top resource and achieving decent and productive jobs that will contribute to economic growth,” Baldoz said.
The DOLE 2015 Labor Day Celebration in the national capital is supported by DOLE partners, namely PESO Quezon City; PAG-IBIG; PhilHealth; PALSCON; Smart and Federation of Filipino Chinese Chambers of Commerce Inc., Smart International, Sun Prepaid, and Insular Life. The Philippine Daily Inquirer; Manila Bulletin, and Philippine Star are this year’s DOLE media partners in the Labor Day commemoration.