MANILA, Philippines-As graduation time draws near, Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz reiterate her advice to students and jobseekers to be ready to visit and participate in the DOLE’s job fairs this summer.
“We encourage new graduates—our future workforce members—to be ready by knowing the right venues where to find jobs. They themselves should become their own lookout during the job hunting season,” she said.
Baldoz’s advice came as the DOLE prepares for its nationwide job fairs in April, in time for the expected influx of graduates who shall be looking for work. The CHED estimates some 533,000 college graduates in SY 2012-2013.
“The conduct of monthly job fairs has been DOLE’s employment facilitation strategy to bring jobs closer to jobseekers, especially in the regions. We are making their job search easier by bringing the jobs through the job fairs in the countryside,” Baldoz said.
“By visiting the DOLE’s job fairs, graduates and jobseekers will spend less money and minimal effort to find a job since the DOLE already gathers both local and overseas employers all in one venue,” she added.
Baldoz bared that the DOLE has conducted 150 job fairs all over the country in the first two months of the year, during which 264,292 job applicants registered for the 500,000 job vacancies offered by 2,324 local and overseas employers.
Out of the registered applicants, 175,130 jobseekers were already placed by the DOLE, through the 16 Regional Offices and the Public Employment Service Office (PESO), while 112,916 applicants were hired directly by private sector employers. The remaining 62,214 workforce entrants were employed in various positions in government.
“Another milestone that the DOLE has accomplished in its first two months of job search and placement assistance is the recorded 15,040 hired-on-the-spot (HOTS) applicants from the nationwide job fairs,” Baldoz said.
The DOLE’s year-round job fair schedules and venues are posted for online accessibility in the government’s job and skills matching portal, www.phil-job.net. For the month of April, the schedules are as follows:
NCR: April 1-12 – PESO Taguig; April 11-12 – New Valenzuela City Hall Parking Lot; April 12 – PESO Pasay; April 15-26 – PESO Taguig; April 26 – PESO Pasay; April 29 – PESO Taguig.
CAR: April 4-5 – La Trinidad Municipal Gym; – Provincial Plaza; Region 1: April 12 – San Quintin Gymnasium and Manaoag, Pangasinan; Region 2: April 11-13 – Kasibu, Nueva Viscaya; April 16 – Alert Building Saguday, Quirino; April (TBA) – San Mateo, Santiago, Ilagan, and Cauayan in Isabela; Region 3: April 9 – CLSU multi-purpose gym; Region 4B: April 26-27 – Looc Covered Court, Romblon.
Region 6: April 2013 – University of Negros Recoletos, Bacolod City; Pandan Antique; Capiz Provincial Capitol; Iloilo Provincial Capitol; La Castellana Municipal Hall; Isabela Covered Court; La Carlota and Himalayan City; Roxas City; and Guimaras Provincial Covered Court.
Region 8: April 12 – STI Campus Ormoc; Region 9: April 20 – Isabela City Gym; Region 10: April 18-19 – Cagayan de Oro City Hall grounds and April 27 – Atrium LKKS.
Region 11: April 12 – Davao Doctors College; Region 12: April 4 – STI Kidapawan City; April 10 – LGU Aleosan; April 27 – St. Alexius College, Koronadal City; and CARAGA: April 8 – San Miguel Surigao del Sur Municipal Hall.
The job fairs are available to all jobseekers in both urban and rural areas for the whole month of April. The fairs include mega job fairs, city and municipal fairs, in-house, mini, and barangay job fairs in close coordination with local government units (LGUs) and the Public Employment Service Offices (PESOs), supervised by the Bureau of Local Employment (BLE) and DOLE regional offices.
Aside from the array of job vacancies, the job fairs also provide a one-stop-shop venue for jobseekers, wherein they could avail of the readily available pre-employment documentation services from government agencies services such as National Statistics Office; National Bureau of Investigation; Professional Regulation Commission; Philippine Health Insurance Corporation; PAG-IBIG; and Bureau of Internal Revenue.
“These job fairs are just the start-off of the DOLE’s extensive and intensified conduct of employment services in the regions this summer. Aside from the regular monthly job fairs, thousands of local and overseas jobs shall be up for grabs on the nationwide Job and Livelihood Fair, which is the centrepiece event of the Labor Day celebration on May 1,” Baldoz said.
The labor and employment chief expressed confidence that the proactive response of the DOLE to assist new graduates and jobseekers in searching for ‘skills-fit’ employment through the job fairs shall translate into increased Hired On-The-Spot (HOTS) job applicants. The DOLE targets to exceed its recorded 14,258 HOTS in the 2012 Labor Day Job and Livelihood Fair.
For the jobseekers, Baldoz also reminded them to visit the local Public Employment Service Offices (PESOs) in their locality to know more about the upcoming job fair schedules, training and counselling; employment services, other appropriate job search and matching assistance that they would need as they enter the world of work.
An updated directory of PESO offices across the regions can be accessed at the DOLE’s Bureau of Local Employment website at http://ble.dole.gov.ph/pesodir.asp. (PR)