16,000 jobs up for grab in Labor Day jobs fair


BAGUIO CITY  – More than 16,000 overseas and local jobs are available to interested job seekers during the annual conduct of the Labor Day jobs fair which will be held on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at the Baguio City National High School (BCNHS) auditorium.

Ten overseas employment agencies will be offering more than 14,149 jobs in different parts of the world, while 30 local companies will be making available some 1,971 jobs in the locality.

The annual Labor Day Jobs Fair is a joint initiative of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in close coordination with the city’s Public Employment Service Office (PESO) to provide the opportunity for job seekers to be able to hunt for a job that will suit their skills and knowledge.

Aside from the jobs offered to job seekers, other services to be  made available by participating agencies include livelihood fairs, health and wellness and one-stop shop government service.

On Labor Day, there will also be an in-store Diskwento Caravan in the city offered by participating establishments in the different parts of the city.

Labor and employment officials advised interested job seekers to pre-register to avoid the long lines in the establishments where they want to file their applications aside from bringing along with them multi-copies of their important documents and making sure that they come to the venue in appropriate attire.

The Labor Day Jobs Fair is being conducted to also make sure that fresh graduates from the different higher education institutions have a chance to look for employment.

Apart from the Labor Day Jobs Fair, there are also jobs fair every June 12 in time for the celebration of the country’s independence and the Baguio Charter Day every September.

Job seekers are reminded by the organizers to be early at the venue to familiarize themselves with the layout and have time to check on the participating overseas employment agencies and local companies.

Other participating agencies in the jobs fair include the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA.

Thousands of job seekers are expected to participate in the jobs fair as there are still a good number of individuals in the city that remain unemployed or underemployed amidst having completed their desired degree or technical-vocational training.

The labor department and the local government are closely monitoring the outcome of the jobs fairs being done in the city to ascertain the success of the said activities, especially in the numbers of individuals who will be hired on the spot, one of the gauges in determining the success of the said jobs fair.

By Dexter A. See