WESTERN PHILIPPINES UNIVERSITY, ABORLAN, PALAWAN – to bring jobs, livelihood, business opportunities and government services to public clients in the province, the Department of Labor and Employment through its Palawan Field Office celebrated Labor Day on May 1, 2019 at University Gymnasium, Western Philippines University, Aborlan, Palawan. With the theme “Pagpupugay sa Manggagawang Pilipino”, The 2019 Labor Day Job Fair and Livelihood Summit became a one-stop shop for job applicants, employers, business owners and livelihood seekers who are looking for jobs, workers, processing of government documents, business application and livelihood trainings, orientations and application for possible government assistance.

Dr. Julie Hope Timotea P. Evina, WPU Vice President for Academic Affairs, welcomed the participants and job applicants in their university. Palawan PESO Managers Association President Mr. Richard P. Rebote, WPU President Dr. Elsa P. Manarpaac and DTI Palawan Mr. Welson T. Vetz likewise delivered their messages.

In her message, Dr. Manarpaac said that filipinos are well known for in the whole world for their work ethics. “Kilala ang mga manggagawang Pilipino sa kanilang sipag, tiyaga at talino. Hindi lang ang sarili niya ang dala niya, hindi lang ang pamilya niya, kundi ang buong bansa. Kaya nga, ang ating pagpupugay sa mga manggagawang Pilipino. We should hold hands together and we are wishing for the best for all Filipino workers” she added.

Mr. Welson T. Vetz of DTI Palawan, representing DTI MIMAROPA Regional Director Joel B. Valera, in this message, he said that he is happy and thankful to be part of the said activity. “Maraming suporta and gobyerno para sa mga pagnenegosyo. We are just around the table for employment support. For negosyante and consumers, meron po tayo entrepreneurial training/seminar”.

DOLE MIMAROPA Regional Director Joel M. Gonzales said that looking for a job is a very tedious one; however, we need to pursue our dream for our career to be fruitful. He also reminded applicants who look for jobs; that it is the attitude that is one of the key factors, not their resumes. “Attitude can be measured sa attendance, sa pananalita n’yo, sa appearance, meaning, package yun,” he said.

Dir. Gonzales also delivered DOLE Secretary Silvestre M. Bello III’s message in Labor Day celebration. “On this special day, we pay tribute and give honor to the Filipino workers. We do this in grateful recognition of their sacrifices and hard work that brought our nation to where it is now! Our workingmen across the country and elsewhere around the world have contributed immensely to national growth, and brought honor and pride to the nation with their excellence and global competitiveness. We have witnessed their display of resilience amid the changing demands of the labor market. We have seen the demonstration of their expertise in the various fields across continents. We salute every Filipino worker for their share in the march of our nation to new heights. ln return, we remain committed in safeguarding the welfare of our workers even as we are equally steadfast in promoting gainful and decent employment for all. For it is the full utilization of the productive strength of the Filipino working men and women that our country can surge onward,” he read.

The said activity was conducted in partnership with Western Philippines University (WPU) and Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), and participated by Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), Social Security System (SSS), Pag-IBIG Fund, Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth), Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Works and Highways (DPWH), Palawan PESO Managers Association, Philippine Information Agency (PIA) and various media outfits. Likewise, there were 32 local employers and four (4) overseas agencies offering 3,235 available jobs to applicants of Palawan.

There were a total of 363 registered applicants during the “Trabaho, Negosyo, Kabuhayan” Job Fair wherein 257 were qualified applicants. At the end of hiring activity, 25 individuals as Hired-on-the-Spot (HOTS) were recorded while the other 208 jobseekers will undergo further interview same with the 11 job applicants who were referred to TESDA for skills training.

One of job applicants, Mr. Jade Temple came early to apply for job vacancies. “Kasi mai-expose ako sa iba’t ibang agencies na pwede kong pasukan. Katulad ng job fair na ito, marami pong choices ng trabaho at marami ka ding option ng trabaho na pwedeng pasukan,” he said.

Mark Anthony Paduga, one of the applicants who was hired on the spot as warehouseman in Budget Home Depot, said that he was very happy for this opportunity given by the government. “Napakalaking tulong po itong Job Fair ng DOLE sapagkat, inilalapit nila sa mga tulad naming manggagawang Pilipino ang lahat ng serbisyo na pwede nilang ibigay para po umangat ang aming pamumuhay,” he quipped.

Trabaho, Negosyo, Kabuhayan” Labor Day Job Fair and Livelihood Summit was divided into three parts; Tabaho, Konsyumerismo and Negosyo at Kabuhayan. During the activity, DOLE MIMAROPA also launched its Facebook Page to the public so that they can send inquiries, concerns, read updates and other pertinent information about labor and employment in MIMAROPA Region.

End/Renell G. Mayo