Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday lauded the media industry’s intention to support and strengthen employment generation and facilitation in the Philippines, as she bared that the Department of Labor and Employment, through its Bureau of Local Employment and the DOLE National Capital Region (NCR) Office, has accepted the invitation of the Manila Bulletin to be its major partner in a series of job fairs in 2014.

Baldoz said that the Manila Bulletin, the Philippines’ biggest newspaper and one of the media pioneers in initiating job fairs, has committed to assist graduates and jobseekers in landing decent and productive employment year-round.

The labor and employment chief said that through its jobs fairs, the newspaper is providing both employers and job seekers job-skills matching opportunities in convenient venues. “This will help strengthen and promote public private partnership in pursuit of the overarching goal enunciated by President Benigno S. Aquino III, in his 22-point labor and employment agenda, to “invest in our country’s top resource, our human resource, to make us more competitive and employable while promoting industrial peace based on social justice,” Baldoz said.

Manila Bulletin Publishing Corporation Vice President for Classified Advertising Lyne A. Abanilla, had apprised Baldoz, through Bureau of Local Employment Director Dominique Rubia-Tutay and DOLE-NCR Regional Director Alex V. Avila, saying that the job fairs, which shall be joined by various employers, are open to skilled and qualified applicants.

Manila Bulletin’s  2014 series of job fairs, consist of eight one to two-day events nationwide. The schedule of the job fairs are as follows: 6-7 March–SM Megamall, Ortigas Avenue, Mandaluyong City; 22-23 April–Trinoma, Quezon City; 13-14 May–Glorietta: 19 July–SMX, SM Lanang Davao; 23 August–Cebu City; 19-20 September–Robinsons, Pampanga; 11 October–SM Atrium, Baguio City; and 20-21 November–SM North Skydome.

“On behalf of the Manila Bulletin, we thank the DOLE for accepting our invitation to be our major partner in the coming Manila Bulletin Job Fairs for 2014,” said Abanilla.
Baldoz said that the Manila Bulletin job fairs would be jointly coordinated by the Bureau of Local Employment, the DOLE’s NCR Office, and DOLE regional offices.

“I am delighted by this development and I welcome the Manila Bulletin’s continuing partnership with the DOLE for employment facilitation,” said Baldoz, who bared that in 2013, the DOLE facilitated 1,444 job fairs participated by 24,000 employers, joined by 632,264 job applicants, and resulted in 113,269 hired-on-the-spot (HOTS).

The 1,444 job fairs, facilitated by DOLE Regional Offices and the Bureau of Local Employment in 16 regions, were conducted mainly through the Public Employment Service Office (PESOs) in local government units and schools nationwide.

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