CALAPAN CITY, OR. MINDORO – DOLE MIMAROPA led by Regional Director Naomi Lyn C. Abellana, conducted the 2022 Kalayaan Job and Business fair on 12 June 2022 at Citimall, Calapan City, Or. Mindoro for all aspiring job seekers of the province as well as neighboring areas.

This event is in partnership with the Public Employment Service Office of the Provincial Government of Oriental Mindoro highlighting the Trabaho, Negosyo, Kabuhayan (TNK) activities of DOLE, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).

The event served as a one-stop shop for public offices. Participating agencies who offered their services include the Overseas Workers Welfare Association (OWWA), Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), Social Security System (SSS), Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (Philhealth), PagIBIG Fund Services and Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR).

A total of 4,763 vacancies were solicited wherein 980 were overseas vacancies. 10 local employers and 2 overseas recruitment agencies participated. Vacancies available locally are production operators, financial advisors, unit managers, office staff, scaffolding erectors and shipfitters. Nurses, household workers, waiters and waitresses and senior home carers, physiotherapists and general clean workers are the available jobs for overseas employment.

TNK 2022 registered a total of 852 jobseekers where 290 are walk-in and 562 are online/pre-registered applicants. Of the 290 walk-in applicants, 95% or 277 are qualified. Of the 562 online applicants, 5% or 32 applicants are qualified. Of the 277 qualified, 115 are applicants for overseas employment and 162 are for local employment. Of the 162, 75 are Hired-on-the-Spot. This registered a 46.3% placement rate. The highest rate registered since 2018.

Additionally, the 32 qualified online resumes sent with complete documents through the official email of DOLE MIMAROPA were endorsed to their preferred offices. Specifically, PDEA, 1st Northern (Overseas), and NATCORP.

As part of Secretary Bello’s message, he said: “On behalf of the labor department, I assure you that we will be steadfast in pushing for the protection of your rights and developing responsive policies and programs so that every Filipino worker is provided with full, decent and productive employment.”

Jobs Fair is an employment facilitation strategy aimed to fast-track the meeting of jobseekers and employers/overseas recruitment agencies in one venue at a specific date to reduce cost, time and effort particularly on the part of the applicants. This is open to all unemployed, skilled and unskilled workers, fresh college graduates, graduates of training institutions, displaced workers and employees seeking advancement.