A total of 150 local employers and overseas recruitment agencies shall make available some 30,000 employment opportunities for job seekers during a jobs and livelihood fair set for the Labor Day celebrations on May 1, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) announced today.
Labor and Employment Secretary Patricia A. Sto. Tomas said that the 2006 Labor Day shall celebrate the productivity and globally-renowned capacities of the Filipino workers under the theme, “Ang Galing Mo, Manggagawang Pilipino!”
The Labor Chief said that the nation’s largest mainstream union, the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP), in cooperation with the DOLE’s National Capital Region (NCR) Office, is for the first time hosting their fair’s main event. The livelihood and jobs fair shall highlight the Philippine penchant for the fiesta. Set in a festive mood, the fair dubbed as the “Trabaho Muna! Labor Day Jobs and Livelihood Fair” will be held at the Quezon City Hall Covered Walk on Elliptical Road, Quezon City on May 1, 2006, starting at 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
“The jobs fair is in partnership with the Federation of Filipino Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (FFCCCII), the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industries (PCCI), the Employers Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP), and others,” the Labor Chief said.
Sto. Tomas said thousands of local and overseas jobs opportunities shall also be made available simultaneously in the regional jobs fairs in celebration of the Labor Day under the aegis of the DOLE’s Bureau of Local Employment and DOLE regional offices in coordination with local government units (LGUs).
“For example, in Zamboanga City, the jobs fairs on May 1 and 2 will provide some 4,065 job openings, on top of the many thousands of opportunities collectively available in the other nationwide Labor Day fairs.”
Labor Undersecretary for Employment Danilo P. Cruz, who chairs the DOLE’s Labor Day Steering Committee, cited the efforts of the TUCP in ensuring the success of the Labor Day jobs fair scheduled on May 1.
Cruz said that through the goal of 30,000 opportunities during the fair, “we hope that in cooperation with various sectors, we can further assist job seekers, including fresh graduates, the youth, skilled workers, and disadvantaged persons, in finding productive jobs from among the participating employers and licensed overseas recruiters.”
Cruz said that a total of 75 local employers in coordination with the DOLE-NCR and the PESO Association of Metro Manila (PAMM), 25 more local employers courtesy of the TUCP, and 50 POEA-licensed recruiters, are participating in the fair.
Also, Cruz said that the livelihood component simultaneous to the jobs fair shall showcase alternative employment through livelihood and self-employment programs of government agencies and the private sector to assist workers in the informal sector.
The TUCP-led livelihood fair shall be participated in by the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship headed by Mr. Joey Concepcion, the Departments of Trade and Industry (DTI) and Science and Technology (DOST), Technology Livelihood Resource Center (TLRC), the DOLE’s Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, Bureau of Rural Workers, Bureau of Women and Young Workers, and DOLE-NCR.
Cruz said that the Philippine National Police and Quezon City local government have signified their commitments to provide security during the jobs and livelihood fair by fielding K-9 units and Barangay Tanods.
He added that other services, like the computerized Phil-Jobnet system, pre-employment, legal and welfare, and medical and first aid services, along with the Rolling Stores of the National Foods Authority, shall be set up in strategic areas during the fair.
Director Ricardo Martinez, Sr. of the DOLE’s NCR Office said that job seekers during the fair are required to register first, for free, at the fair’s registration entrance, and shall be have the option to undergo the jobs and skills matching through the Computerized National Manpower Registry System (CNMRS).
Other Labor Day jobs fairs tentatively scheduled nationwide in various regions in celebration of Labor Day are as follows:
Cordillera Administrative Region — May 1-2 (with the Baguio Convention Center as venue); Region 1 — May 1-2 (Abelardo Hall, Don Mariano Marcos University, San Fernando, La Union); Region 2 — May 1 (People’s Gym, Tuguegarao City); Region 4-A — May 1 (One Stop Shop, San Pablo City); Region 4-B — May 5 (Calintaan Municipal Hall, Occidental Mindoro); Region 5 — May 3-4 (Lobo, Camarines Norte), and May 4-5 (Libon, Albay); Region 6 — May 1-2 (Gaisano Mall, Bacolod City); Region 7 — May 1 (Abellana National High School, and Social Hall, Cebu Capitol, both in Cebu City); Region 8 — April 30 (DOLE Region 8 Office, Tacloban City); Region 9 — May 1 (MEANPRO Jollibee, Zamboanga City), and May 2 (Governor Commins, Zamboanga City); Region 10 — May 1-2 (SM City, Upper Carmen, Cagayan De Oro City); Region 11 — May 1-2 (SM Carpark, Davao City); Region 12 — May 1 (Koronadal City, and Tacurong, Sultan Kudarat); April 22-23 (Kidapawan, North Cotabato), and May 1 (General Santos City and Cotabato); and Caraga Region — May 12-13, and May 13-14 (Butuan City Hall/Passporting).
Source: Information and Publication Service