15,000 jobs up for grabs in Region 1

By Freddie G. Lazaro, PIA I, Ilocos Norte

LAOAG CITY – At least 15,000 job vacancies are up for grabs in the job fairs being organized by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in Region 1 for the celebration of 2015 Labor Day on May 1.

Director Grace Ursua said her office is now on high gear for the celebration of 113th anniversary of Labor Day with this year’s theme: “Disenteng Trabaho at Kabuhayan, Alay Natin sa Bayan.”

As a prelude to the event, a jobs fair will be conducted at the Robinsons Place, San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte on April 30. The job and livelihood fair is set in SM City, Rosales, Pangasinan on May 1.

Ursua said coordination with local employers, licensed recruitment agencies and other government agencies is being finalized to bring together at least 60 local employers and licensed recruitment agencies which will make available over 10,000 vacancies at the SM City Rosales jobs fair and 40 local employers and licensed recruitment agencies to offer at least 5,000 vacancies at the Robinsons Place in Ilocos Norte.

She said the job fairs are part of the agency’s continuing efforts to shorten jobseekers’ search for employment by bringing companies under one roof.

“The DOLE works to make it easy and fast for jobseekers to find jobs that fit their qualifications, interests and career inclinations while helping employers find the right applicants for their manpower needs,” she said.

In both job fairs, top local vacancies include customer service representatives and technical support representatives, while overseas job orders are topped by skilled construction workers, nurses and other medical workers, hotel and restaurant workers.

At the SM City jobs fair, one-stop-shop employment services will be provided by the Social Security System (SSS), Philhealth, Pag-IBIG, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Professional Regulation Commission (PRC), National Conciliation and Mediation Board (NCMB), Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWP) and National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC).

The OWWA, POEA and TESDA will offer their one-stop-shop services at the Robinsons Place jobs fair. (With reports from Arly Sta. Ana-Valdez of DOLE RO1)