DOLE-12 eyes 70,000 job vacancies on Labor Day job fairs

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/20 April) — The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in Region 12 is targeting to generate around 70,000 job vacancies for the upcoming Labor Day job fairs in the area.

Ofelia Domingo, DOLE Region 12 director, said they are currently finalizing negotiations with various companies as well as local and overseas job placement agencies that have signified to join the May 1 job fairs.

She said the activity will be conducted in two shopping malls in this city and one in nearby Koronadal City.

“We’ve already enlisted 80 employers for the three job fairs and we’re also receiving positive feedbacks from the other entities,” the official said.

In this city, she said the KCC Mall of GenSan has already agreed to host anew one of the scheduled job fairs.

Domingo said they have yet to finalize with the management of the SM City mall here for the simultaneous hosting of a similar event.

“We’re still evaluating whether we could hold it again at SM as our central office required that all venues for the May 1 job fairs should be labor law-complaint,” she said.

She said such requirement was earlier relayed to the regional office through a directive issued by Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz.

Sec. Baldoz personally declared the KCC Mall here as the country’s first-ever labor law-compliant mall during her visit to the city last month.

She unveiled a marker that distinguished the mall as a recipient of the DOLE’s Tripartite Certificate of Compliance with Labor Standards (TCCLS) Award.

The TCCLS is given by the DOLE to companies that show commitment and exemplary adherence to the provisions of the Labor Code on General Labor Standards, Occupational Safety and Health Standards and the Child Labor Law or Republic Act 9231.

“We will again check in the next few days if SM has already complied with the requirements. If positive, we will then issue its certificate of compliance and finalize its hosting of the job fair,” Domingo said.

Last year, DOLE-12 was able to generate around 28,000 overseas and local job vacancies in two major job fairs held in the city.

A total of 195 employers participated in the two activities, which resulted to the hiring “on-the-spot” of 1,748 job applicants. (MindaNews)