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Thousands of Palawe├▒o Jobseekers Participate in the DOLE MIMAROPA Labor Day Job Fair

With the theme, “Matatag na Kabuhayan at Trabaho Tungo sa Progresibong Pagbabago”, approximately 1, 619 applicants flocked in Puerto Princesa City Coliseum on the 1st of May 2017 to take part in the 115th Labor Day Celebration of the Department of Labor and Employment, MIMAROPA Region– Palawan Field Office.

A total of forty-three (43) local establishments participated, majority of which came from the hospitality and retail industries in the province. Two overseas agencies were also present. Moreover, DOLE’s attached agencies such as Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Overseas Workers Welfare Authority (OWWA), and Philippine Overseas Employment Agency (POEA), were also present to maximize the assistance for the job seekers with their employment queries and concerns respective to the agencies’ expertise. The Department of Foreign Affairs also joined the event as another auxiliary for the job seekers seeking employment abroad.

Mr. Demetrio “Bong” Lopez, Puerto Princesa City Peso Manager, welcomed the applicants and assured them that the PESO is always creating programs and avenues for Palaweños to gain decent employment through collaborative networks for faster referrals. Likewise, Mr. Richard P. Rebote, Palawan PESO Manager, encouraged the jobseekers to grab employment activities such as this especially for fresh graduates whom he advised not to prospect high paying jobs only but to consider also jobs that will enhance the knowledge and skills they gained from the academe. “Ang importante ay makahanap ng disenteng trabaho at hasain ang kakayahan na meron ka ng sa gayon ay sa tamang panahon, ikaw naman ang may karapatan magdikta ng tamang kompensasyon sa trabahong gagawin mo.”

Atty. Sixto “Popoy” Rodriguez Jr., the new Assistant Regional Director of DOLE MIMAROPA, gave the Welcome Salvo during the opening ceremony. He recalled that it was during President Marcos’ time when the PD 442, commonly known as the Labor Code of the Philippines, was signed on May 1, 1974, which took effect on November 1st of the same year. Thus, the ceremony of the Labor Day in the Philippines started. The said event is always celebrated through the conduct of job fairs all over the country. He advised the applicants to believe in themselves and in their capacity to succeed.  Further, ARD Rodriguez delivered the message of Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre Bello III, grateful to the whole Filipino labor citizens due to their unsurmountable efforts and service to their families and the nation. “Ang Araw ng Paggawa ay araw din ng pagkilos upang maisakaptuparan ang adhikain ng ‘AmBisyon Natin 2040’ (A Long Term Vision for the Philippines) na may hangarin na ang lahat ng Filipino ay magkaroon ng matatag, maginhawa, at panatag na buhay. At dito nakasalig ang ating tema sa padiriwang na ito: Matatag na Kabuhayan at Trabaho, Tungo sa Progresibong Pagbabago.” (Excerpts from the Secretary’s 2017 Labor Day Message)

Ms. Remy Florendo, Station Manager of ABS-CBN Palawan, who was then the partner co-host of DOLE Palawan during the conduct of Labor Day Job Fair, further boosted the confidence of the job seekers by ensuring them that help is always available, they just have to be committed to helping themselves seek decent employment. “Maraming paraan makahanap ng trabaho. Maraming gustong tumulong sa inyo.”

The Labor Day Job Fair of the Department of Labor and Employment is an annual nationwide celebration that seeks to promote gainful employment opportunities for the Filipino workers, here and abroad.



End/Anna Dominique C. Magbanua


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