Bello says PH employment prospects are good, points to Labor Day job fair figures

Published April 29, 2021, 12:20 PM

by Ellson Quismorio

The sheer number of job vacancies that will be offered in the upcoming Labor Day job fair makes Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Silvestre Bello III think that the country’s employment situation isn’t so bad.

DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello III (Video screengrab from Zoom meeting)

“Mayroon kaming 44,000 na trabaho na available (We have 44,000 jobs available),” Bello said in a virtual press briefing on Wednesday, April 28.

He was promoting DOLE’s online job fair, which will be held on Saturday, May 1 on the occasion of Labor Day.

“Noong lunes lang 28,000, ngayon 44,000 na. Baka pagdating ng May 1 aabot na ng 50,000 (Last Monday we had 28,000 vacancies, now we have 44,000. Maybe we will reach 50,000 by May 1),” he said.

“Ganun kaganda ang prospect ng ating employment and we thank and appreciate yung ating mga businessmen, yung mga nagnenegosyo, na kahit papano ay inaalagaan nila ang ating mga manggagawa (That’s how good our employment prospects are and we thank and appreciate our businessmen for taking care of our laborers somehow),” Bello said.

The job fair will be held virtually in coordination with the Public Employment Service Offices (PESOs) of the different local government units (LGUs) and the employers themselves, DOLE said.

As of Wednesday afternoon, there are 578 employers dangling a total of 44,125 jobs for Saturday’s event. The total vacancies include 7,174 job openings abroad, from 48 employers.

The local regions with the highest number of job vacancies are the National Capital Region (NCR), with 17,777; Mimaropa, 4,499; Calabarzon, 4,258; Region IX, 2,863; and Region X, 2,604.

Based on DOLE figures, the top local vacancies of the job fair are for 1. production operator, factory worker; 2. customer service representative; 3. police officer, contact tracer; 4. sewer; and 5. mason, carpenter, re-barman.

Meanwhile, the top overseas vacancies are for 1. nurse; 2. factory worker; mechanic; 3. nursing aide, healthcare assistant; and 5. cleaners.