Consistent with the state policy of protecting and affirming the importance of workers in the holistic development of the country, the Department of Labor and Employment – National Capital Region conducted its annual Labor Day Celebration every 1st of May. This year’s Labor Day Celebration theme, “Matatag na Manggagawa, Matatag na Bansa,” is centered on accentuating the role of every Filipino worker in the economic recovery. It highlights the persistence and resilience of the Filipino labor force to provide for their families and contribute to the economic rebound despite the adversities brought by the COVID-19 pandemic.

As a component of this year’s 2022 Labor Day Trabaho, Negosyo, Kabuhayan (TNK) Job and Business Fair, DOLE-NCR conducted learning sessions on career guidance, employment coaching and entrepreneurship to some graduating students, GIP and SPES beneficiaries, and On-the-Job trainees. Said sessions were held at Quezon City University, Quezon City Hall, and Pasay City Hall on April 25, 27-28, and 29, 2022, respectively.

Mr. Ryan Roberto Delos Reyes, Senior Labor and Employment Officer of the Employment Promotion and Workers Welfare Division, spearheaded the discussion on the current labor market landscape of the country down to the regional level, particularly in the National Capital Region.

The seminar provided the participants with pertinent information which could help them in choosing their career paths that is coherent with the current labor market needs, may it be wage employment or self-employment. A wide range of employment opportunities and switches in the employability of the would-be entrants were also featured, taking into account the transitional effects of the Fourth Industrial Revolution Era (FIRE).

Delos Reyes also gave several tips on job interviews and presented the changing perspective of employers in hiring during the new normal.

The discussions were well-received by the participants. Productive exchange of ideas transpired during the Open Forum sessions. Inspirational testimonies from the speaker and the participants were also highlighted.

Said participation of DOLE-NCR in this event is in support to the 2022 Labor Day Celebration, and as part of this Office’s commitment to provide relevant information to the populace, particularly to the new entrants to the labor force.

Minimum health and safety protocols such as wearing of face masks, and presence of sanitation and temperature check stations were strictly observed during the face-to-face activities.

END / Report and photo by Mary Chelsea Espinosa and Ma. Allen Rose Carreon