DOLE job fairs offer over 20,000 jobs on Labor Day, more scheduled until June

SAN FERNANDO CITY – The Department of Labor and Employment-Regional Office I held the Labor Day Trabaho, Negosyo, Kabuhayan (TNK) last May 1 in three venues in Pangasinan and Ilocos Norte. DOLE invited 69 local and 17 overseas employers to offer around 20,500 local and overseas vacancies for jobseekers.

The activities heralded the theme, “Pagpupugay sa Manggagawang Pilipino: Dangal ng Lahi, Kabalikat sa Progresibong Pagbabago” to underscore the important role of Filipino workers in the overall development framework of the present administration.

The jobs and business fair at the Urdaneta City Cultural and Sports Center was participated in by 40 companies with 8,906 vacancies.  Some 27 employers were at the Robinsons Place in San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte to offer 6,162 jobs.  On its third year, the night jobs and business fair at the Pangasinan Public Employment Service Office (PESO) in Lingayen, Pangasinan brought together at least 19 establishments with 5,515 jobs up for grabs.

According to DOLE, as of April 26, the local occupations with the most number of vacancies are the following: production crew, Police Office I Special Action Force (SAF), skilled construction workers, sales/stock clerk, cashier, customer service representative, security guard, bagger, service/dining crew and steelman.  For overseas, the most number of vacancies are factory/production worker, female cleaner, restaurant worker, waiter/waitress/cook/steward, welder, asphalt worker, nurse, restaurant supervisor, technician and family driver.

Business counseling sessions were conducted by the DTI for those who were interested in putting up their businesses.

Jobseekers and workers also availed of one-stop employment and legal services provided by agencies such as POEA, OWWA, TESDA, PRC, NCMB, NLRC, RTWBP, SSS, Philhealth and Pag-IBIG.

“Graduation season is here again so the DOLE and its partners are intensifying the conduct of job fairs.  We make job search easier and less costly for graduates and other jobseekers by bringing together employers in one venue,” DOLE-RO I Regional Director Nathaniel V. Lacambra said.

He said the DOLE’s job fair program is being implemented alongside other employment facilitation services to assist jobseekers in finding jobs that suit their qualifications, skills and career inclinations.

For those who missed the May 1 job fair, DOLE-RO I released a schedule of upcoming job fairs for the rest of the first semester:

May 8 – PESO Bayambang Events Center, Bayambang, Pangasinan

May 11 – Orbos Gym, Public Plaza, Burgos, Pangasinan

May 18 – Gymnasium, Tayug, Pangasinan

May 22 – Pangasinan PESO, Capitol Complex, Lingayen, Pangasinan

June 14 – Pangasinan PESO, Capitol Complex, Lingayen, Pangasinan

June 28 –  Pangasinan PESO, Capitol Complex, Lingayen, Pangasinan

“Jobseekers are advised to be ready in proper attire and with multiple sets of application documents,” Director Lacambra said.

The job fair schedules can also be viewed on the Phil-jobnet (, the government’s online job matching portal. (TNM/DOLE-RO I)