By Camcer Ordonez Imam
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY — Some 10,000 job vacancies are being readied by 60 participating companies for this year’s 116th Labor Day celebration and will be offered through job and business fairs on May 1 and 2, the Department of Labor and Employment 10 (DOLE-10) has announced.
As of last week, some 9,961 job vacancies have already been confirmed by various participating agencies, DOLE-10 regional director Joffrey Suyao said, and of the number of job vacancies, 5,541 will be available for local employment, mostly in the retail sector.
DOLE-10 is also expecting 2,305 job vacancies for overseas employment from seven recruitment agencies accredited by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA).
Top local job vacancies are in the construction industry from EEI Corporation, which offers 2,860 positions; Arriba Telecontact Inc. with 303; retail/services of Southern Arms Corporation, 225; Philippine Call Center Institute, 200; and services from Josepheans Proficiency Services, 172.
Suyao said overseas vacancies are mostly on skilled workers. “Most of the overseas manpower services job posts are in the United Arab Emirates and Middle East countries,” he added.
On the part of government agencies, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) is in need of 1,504; army recruitment for Mindanao totals 550 vacancies, and the Bureau of Internal Revenue has 61 job postings.
“This year’s celebration is also highlighted through its nationwide Business Fair on May 1 and 2, at the Rotunda at Limketkai, this city, where livelihood projects will also be showcased,” Suyao said.
Suyao also said the regionwide job and business fairs replicate the Trabaho, Negosyo, Kabuhayan (TNK) concept forged by DOLE and the Department of Trade and Industry, which aims to bring employment opportunities through entrepreneurship for our workers in the informal sector or at the grassroots level.
“I invite our jobseekers to participate in the job fair and ready themselves with their proper business attires, bring multiple copies of resumes, school credentials, certificates of employment, clearances, photos, passport (for overseas applicants) and other pertinent preemployment documents needed by employers,” Suyao said.
Meanwhile, Provincial Labor Day activities set on May 1 include a parade around Malaybalay City, Bukidnon; a program at Kaamulan Folk Arts Theater also in Malaybalay with ceremonial turnover of the DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment (DILEEP) Kabuhayan grants; and the ceremonial turnover of school supplies to some identified child laborers from five selected schools in that city. In Misamis Occidental province, a 6 a.m. Eucharistic Mass at the Holy Rosary Parish Church in Oroquieta City will be observed, followed by a motorcade around the city after which a livelihood fair and skills demo will be held at the ABC Gymnasium. In Iligan City, the Federation of Democratic Labor Organization will also hold a Eucharistic Mass at the St. Michael’s Cathedral, then a parade to the Freedom Park, where a program will be held.
Together with DOLE provincial field offices, the different provincial, city and municipal
government units, through their respective public employment service offices, various Tripartite Industrial Peace Councils and other allied partner agencies will simultaneously celebrate Labor Day in the respective provinces of the region.
This year’s monthlong celebration in the region is anchored on the theme “Pagpupugay sa Manggagawang Pilipino: Dangal ng lahi, kabalikat sa progresibong pagbabago.”