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DOLE-X Director Suyao thanks employers and partners for 5K applicants registered during 2019 Labor D


Cagayan de Oro City --- The Department of Labor and Employment, Regional Office No. X (DOLE-X) initiated the Mega Job Fair and Trabaho, Negosyo, Kabuhayan (TNK) Business and Livelihood Fair, in coordination with the Department of Trade and Industry-X (DTI-X) for the Livelihood and Business Fair on 1-2 May 2018 and TESDA/TVET registration and skills demonstration on 1 May 2018 during the 117th celebration of the nationwide Labor Day in this region held at the Atrium, Lim Ket Kai Mall, this city. DOLE-X Regional Director Atty. Joffrey M. Suyao reported that at the end of the day, 40 job applicants were hired-on-the-spot (HOTS) from the 5,759 registered.


Director Suyao disclosed that the Job Fair offered 28,403 available job vacancies from 138 companies who attended. 110 companies offered 5,130 jobs in the local employment with top vacancies from the service industry were security guards, factory workers and BPO (call center) industries. Likewise, 23 POEA-licensed overseas manpower agencies also offered 11,026 vacancies on skilled workers, nurses, and teachers mostly bound for middle-east, United Arab Emirates, Germany and Japan. Five government agencies also posted 12,321 vacancies.


The opening program highlighted the involvement and commitment of social partners. The Regional Tripartite and Industrial Peace Council-X (RTIPC-X) Vice-Chairpersons for management and workers’ sectors declared their support and continuing partnership with the DOLE-X. The Vice-Chair for Labor Sector Nicandro Borja of ALU-TUCP expressed continuing partnership with the government in advancing the cause of workers in tandem with the management sector’s drive for development; Vice-Chair for Management Sector Vivien Lawansa of A. Brown Company declared that the employers shall always look into the best interest of the workers. The Vice-Chair for the Government Sector, Councilor Ian Mark Nacaya, on behalf of Mayor Moreno, updated the public of the city government’s readiness in undertaking development and modernization processes towards the realization of a Metro Cagayan de Oro. He hoped for increased investments, generation of more jobs for local and overseas employment. Likewise, DTI-X Regional Director Lindao O. Boniao promoted the Filipino businesses as one reliable source of employment generation, and TESDA-X Regional Director Tarhata Mapandi advocated free skills training and enhancement with an allocation of 1,800 scholarship grants in the region for the technical-vocational skills aimed to increase global competitiveness. These expressions of support from the tripartite partners of the Department keep DOLE-X moving towards inclusive growth as envisioned by the present administration.


Leo Valmoria was one of the HOTS as Operator Technician of Rebisco. Travelling from Simaya, Malaybalay City, he shared that he arrived in Cagayan de Oro City on April 29 then proceeded immediately to the PESO-City Hall to pre-register in the Job Fair. Valmoria, the 5th of seven siblings and a fresh graduate of Electronics Technology in Bukidnon State College, strived hard to land a job, especially that he is still living with his stepmother who has a small business and his father who is self-employed. He also shared that his mother passed away when he was still at a young age. He envisions of supporting his parents through his salary.


Another locally-employed HOTS is Oliver Jun Bulaybulay of Iligan City as Production Personnel of VJANDEP. He was invited by his cousin to join the Labor Day Job Fair. According to him, though he has already experienced Job Fairs from other areas, he found Cagayan de Oro City’s as more organized. Bulaybulay planned to apply to five companies but was first hired by VJANDEP. He was an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) for a few years who then opted to stay and work locally after the death of his father and took care of her aging mother. Jun is still single, an NC II holder and aspires to own a business someday. DOLE-X advised him to drop by at the TNK booths just outside the Job Fair venue for some recommendations in starting a business. In fact, 1,288 applicants were referred for the DOLE livelihood assistance and DTI for business opportunities.


On the other hand, Merry Chris Jhan Laxina was HOTS as a Cleaner bound for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) by Staffhouse International Resources. Her husband is a Security Guard in one of the companies in the city. While they still have no children, Laxina saw greater work opportunities overseas and decided to apply for overseas job. “Pangandoy gyud nako na naa na mi kaugalingon na balay kay hasol gyud kaayo mag sige ug renta. Dili man gud nato matagna ang panahon kung permi ba adunay naay kwarta atong ika bayad (I really dreamed of owning my own house. We cannot predict time if we always have the money to pay),” she further revealed. Laxina also felt assured of the job as a Cleaner after conversing with her would-be-employer in KSA through Skype web messaging. She expressed her satisfaction on the services of DOLE and her newfound employer for the fast and efficient facilitation of her application.     


The TESDA Skills Demo exhibited skills on facial care, motorcycle repair, baking, coffee-making, and dressmaking. Director Suyao with TESDA-X Director Mapandi, Councilor Nacaya, and heads of the Department’s attached agencies officially opened the event at Lim Ket Kai’s Event Center. The skills demo and the TVET Enrollment Day transpired the whole day of May 1, generating 727 registrations for the 1,800 scholarships slots subject to evaluation. Job applicants for the Job Fair who did not qualify for wage employment were referred to TESDA for skills enhancement training or skills development under the TVET enrollment campaign of the agency.


On other hand, the DTI’s TNK Business and Livelihood Fair also exhibited the products of their corresponding livelihood projects. Products exhibited and sold at a lower price were turmeric and “palapa” of ABAGA Muslim Christian Farmers Association; sardines of Paglingkawas Women’s Federation; kalamansi concentrate and juice of Lanao Norte Processors Association; various food products of Kiburiao Women’s Association and Valencia Rural Improvement RIC; native handicrafts, souvenirs and handmade paper products of BAWFED, DIRE HUSI, and San Roque Handmade Paper; coco sugar and red rice of Agay-ayan MPC; dried squid, fish, sardines and “ginamos” of KASAMMA; meat processed foods of Sustainable Women’s Association Network; and gowns and other fashion accessories of Team Amega. While, eight groups under FOPANORMIN entrepreneurs of DTI also took part in the fair through the availability of their products and services. The two-day activity generated an income of PhP 2,150,244.00.


The One Stop Shop of government services and DOLE Clinic involving the PNP, Phil. Postal Corp., NBI, PSA, SSS, Pag-ibig Fund, Philhealth Corp., and attached agencies of the Department provided their respective services, as well as the pre-employment requirements of the applicants.


Director Suyao is grateful for the all-out support from the Local Government Unit of Cagayan de Oro City headed by Mayor Oscar S. Moreno through the Public Employment Service Office/Job Placement Bureau together with other social partners and stakeholders such as: PIA-X, DTI-X, TESDA-X, ABS-CBN, Lim Ket Kai Center, PLDT and the tri-media.


End/Mildred E. Dablio/DOLE-X







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