DTI, DOLE sign MOA for 2-day Labor Day job fair

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 26 April) – A memorandum of agreement (MOA) was signed between the regional offices of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and Department of Trade and Industry for the conduct of a two-day 2018 Labor TNK (Trabaho, Negosyo, Kabuhayan) Job Fair and Business Fair on May 1 and 2 where thousands of job applicants are expected to participate.

A three-page agreement, signed between DOLE 11 director Raymundo G. Agravante and DTI 11 director Maria Belenda Q. Ambi at the Ritz Hotel here Wednesday, said both agencies have partnered to offer employment to job applicants and encourage them to venture into business.

The job fair at the Gaisano Mall of Davao will gather 87 employers (60 local and 27 overseas) with 12,532 jobs available. The agreement between the two government agencies includes partnership how to improve the staging of the job fair.

It said DOLE 11 will conduct, supervise, and monitor the job fair and follow up the attendance of participating companies, including the participation of at least two DOLE livelihood projects. The DTI 11 will conduct trainings on micro financing, online selling, fresh flower arrangement on May 1, and trainings on abaca novelty item making and business opportunities on bakery on May 2.

It added that DTI 11 would bring the entrepreneurial culture in the local community and advocate job seekers to consider entrepreneurial and business opportunities.

DOLE 11 seeks to promote gainful employment opportunities and the development and utilization of the country’s manpower resources; envisions to afford job placement opportunities to every employable Filipino; and recognizes that despite numerous successful job fairs conducted, the volume of labor supply and demand continues to increase.

As of April 25, a total of 3,419 jobs are available for local employment while 4,751 jobs for overseas.

For local employment, the top 10 jobs are mason (finishing/rough), 1,205; call centers, 605; carpenters, 598; tile setters, 402; rebar men/ steel men, 144; sales clerks/associates, 128; service crews, 113; marketing professionals, 100; foremen, 70; and management trainees, 54.

While the top 10 for overseas are nurses, 2,671; cleaners, 702; sales associates, 200; service crews, 200; caregivers, 200; waiters/waitresses, 190; assistant herd managers for New Zealand, 174; delivery drivers, 150; mechanical, electrical, and civil engineers, 139; and welders, 125.

Based on the report of the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), the employment rate as of January 2018 was 95.3 percent, which improved from last year’s 94.1 percent. (Antonio L. Colina IV / MindaNews)