Marikina will be the pilot area of the Trabaho Negosyo Kabuhayan, an employment and entrepreneurial caravan, to be undertaken by the Department of Labor and Employment jointly with the Department of Trade and Industry, the labor department announced yesterday.

Meant to provide more jobs and promote entrepreneurship at the grassroots level, the caravan will feature job fair, career and employment coaching and activities that tend to nurture an entrepreneurial culture in the communities. The two-day event is slated on March 3 and 4.

Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III said the two-day caravan also aims to raise public awareness on the government’s blueprint – TNK Blueprint for Decent Employment and Entrepreneurship 2017-2022, which envisions 7.5 million jobs by 2020.

Under the blueprint, the jobs were seen to come mainly from key employment generating sectors (KEGS), such as manufacturing, food processing, construction, tourism, Information Technology-Business Process Management (IT-BPM), transportation and logistics, and retail trade.

“We commit to achieve the 2030 agenda for sustainable development, particularly on the provision of decent work and economic growth, and on building resilient infrastructure, promoting inclusive and sustainable industrialization and fostering innovation,” Bello added.

DOLE and DTI together with its partner agencies will also conduct TNK caravans on the May 1 Labor Day celebration and during the observance of Independence Day on June 12.

DOLE and DTI launched last December the Trabaho, Negosyo, at Kabuhayan -Employment and Livelihood Summit which gathered various policy recommendations from the sectoral summit such as the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Summit, Manufacturing Summit, Philippine Construction Congress, and Information Technology-Business Process Management (IT-BPM) Summit.

The two-day summit, which identified strategies to increase employment levels, improve access to employment opportunities, and address skills requirement, also gathered government, private sector, and the academe to develop a national employment program which supports the country’s development plan.

END/Abegail De Vega

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