DOLE-NCR joins the “Trabaho, Turismo, Asenso! Philippine Tourism Job Fair” at the SMX Convention Center, Pasay City, Manila, on September 22-24, 2022. DOLE-NCR senior officials joined the Job Fair including Regional Director, Atty. Sarah Buena S. Mirasol (top photo, 5th from left); Assistant Regional Director, Atty. Russel A. Jallorina (top photo, 6th from left); Makati-Pasay Field Office OIC-Director II, Atty. Olivia O. Obrero-Samson (top photo, 4th from left); and Mr. Rey Sanglay, OIC of Employment Promotion & Workers’ Welfare Division (top photo, 3rd from left). (Photos by DOLE-NCR IMSD – Information Unit).

 

The Department of Labor and Employment – National Capital Region (DOLE-NCR) organized a 3-day job fair at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City, Manila, on September 22-24, 2022.

The “Trabaho, Turismo, Asenso: Philippine Tourism Job Fair” was a joint undertaking of the labor department with the Department of Tourism (DOT).

Some key officials were also present in the opening day including DOLE Undersecretary, Ms. Carmela I. Torres; DOLE Bureau of Local Employment Officer-in-Charge, Mr. Patrick Patriwirawan; DOLE-NCR Regional Director, Atty. Sarah Buena S. Mirasol; DOLE-NCR Assistant Regional Director, Atty. Russel A. Jallorina; DOT Undersecretary, Ms. Shereen Gail Yu-Pamintuan; Pasay City Mayor Chief of Staff, Mr. Peter Pardo; President of Chamber of Furniture Industries of the Philippines (CFIP), Ms. Evelyn Vedasto; President of Philippine Institute of Interior Designers (PIID), Ms. Ivy Almario; and President of Chamber of Cosmetics Industry of the Philippines (CCIP), Ms. Jocelyn Babaan.

With several employers present, staff to managerial positions were waiting to be filled.

To officially open the event, DOLE Undersecretary Carmela I. Torres emphasized in her speech the Department’s advocacy of promoting employment opportunities and responding to the needs of the tourism industry.

“Today, we offer to our jobseekers an estimated 7,000 job vacancies. This will be the first of many avenues that will assist employers to find workers they need and for applicants who are looking for work,” she said.

Right after the ribbon cutting ceremony, DOLE Undersecretary Carmela I. Torres (center) visits the participating employers during the conduct of “Trabaho, Turismo, Asenso: Philippine Tourism Job Fair” at the SMX Convention Center, Pasay City, Manila, on September 22-24, 2022. In NCR alone, 48 active employers participated, allowing a total of 7,752 applicants to be qualified and nearly hired. The DOLE official was joined by DOLE Bureau of Local Employment Officer-in-Charge, Patrick M. Patriwirawan (2nd from right) and DOLE-NCR Regional Director, Atty. Sarah Buena S. Mirasol (extreme right). (Photo by Gladys Lopez / IMSD)

 

USec. Torres also highlighted DOLE’s PhilJobNet, stressing that it helps in fast-tracking the search for jobs through its automated job and applicant matching system.

“One of the anchors of our policies and programs moving forward is to address the issues of job mismatch, low quality jobs, low productivity, and under-utilization of the workforce,” she added.

The DOLE official believes that this is attainable with TESDA’s help. By producing qualified and skilled workers together with policies that will enhance quality job creation, the said issues can be addressed.

Although unable to attend physically, DOT Secretary Maria Garcia Frasco still gave her message via video presentation.

“I would like to thank DOLE Secretary Bienvenido Laguesma and the entire DOLE team, as well as all our officials from DOT and our regional offices for your cooperation,” she said.

This is after the memorandum of agreement with the DOLE was signed, which then skyrocketed the number of jobs up for grabs in the Philippine tourism sector.

Secretary Frasco also gave the spotlight to tourism workers and stakeholders, saying that they are the “best representation of the Filipino brand” because of their hard work and resilience.

She then thanked all partners across the country who made the job fair possible as this is one way to recover from the challenges of the pandemic.

Said activity was also simultaneous to two other job fairs of the same theme in Cebu and Davao.

In NCR alone, 48 active employers participated, allowing a total of 7,752 applicants to be qualified and nearly hired. Some 45 of these were immediately hired by applicant-favorites such as Winford Manila Resort and Casino, 1Aviation Groundhandling Services Corporation, and Sitel.

Mr. Valeriano Sacay, a 45-year-old father of five, is one of the hopefuls who applied.

“Importante sa akin na magkaroon ng trabaho sa panahon ngayon dahil lahat sila [5 anak] nag-aaral. Mayroon po akong college [na pinag-aaral] so ako ‘yung breadwinner sa pamilya,” he said.

Mr. Sacay is one of the unfortunate employees who lost their jobs due to the pandemic. But with this job fair, not only did he get hired, but also his daughter, Ms. Ynna Paula Sacay.

“…sisiguraduhin kong pagbubutihin ko ang trabaho ko kaya maraming salamat dahil natanggap ako at salamat din po sa DOLE,” he added.

 

Valeriano Sacay (left) and his daughter, Ynna Paula Sacay (right) were Hired-on-the-Spot as Driver and Customer Service Representative at the 1Aviation Groundhandling Services Corporation and Sitel, respectively. (Photo by Gladys Lopez / IMSD)

 

Valeriano and Ynna are set to submit their requirements to 1Aviation Groundhandling Services Corporation and Sitel, respectively, the following week.

The father and daughter hired-on-the-spot (HOTS) are just two of the numerous Filipinos who have had the opportunity to be employed either once more or for the first time.

With the Filipinos’ welfare and future in mind, this partnership of DOLE and DOT just demonstrates once more how the nation’s interest is being put first and how transformative of lives national government agencies can be.

END / Esteban Chua Jr.