MORE than 100,000 local and overseas jobs will be offered in 54 job fairs that will be held in 17 regions nationwide to mark Labor Day on May 1, according to the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).
As of Tuesday, DOLE said 125,000 job opportunities are being offered by 890 local and overseas employers.
Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said Labor officials expect the number to reach 150,000 on Friday.
She said the job fairs target fresh graduates and new entrants to the labor market, returning and displaced overseas Filipino workers and students looking for summer jobs.
For the National Capital Region, Baldoz said that there were initially 30,000 jobs, offered by 100 employers at the DOLE-National Capital Region (NCR) Job and Career Fair on Labor Day, which will be held at the World Trade Center in Pasay City.
NCR-DOLE Regional Director Nelson Hornilla said that among the top local jobs are for customer service representatives, developmental sales coordinators, technical support representatives, in-bank customer service representatives, travel counselors, data entry associates, sales agents, control assistants, and branch secretary specialists.
For overseas jobs, companies are looking for hotel and restaurant workers, engineers, welders, construction workers, nurses and other medical personnel.
Hornilla said that the Career Fair is open to the youth.
“It will give students an update on new market trends, key employment generators that they can look upon after graduation, as well as the in-demand jobs for the next two to 10 years. It will help decide new college entrants in their choice of courses,” he said.
Hornilla said the DOLE-NCR is also setting up a one-stop-shop for pre-employment documentation and legal and welfare services to assist jobseekers and workers who will be coming to the job and career fair.
The one stop shop will offer the services of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), the Philippine Statistical Authority (PSA) for birth certificates, marriage certificates, and other needed documents, the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) for the issuance of tax identification numbers (TINs), the Social Security System (SSS), Pag-IBIG, and the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC).
Aside from the DOLE, the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), the Department of Education (DepEd), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), and the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) will also showcase their respective programs on career guidance, including scholarships and programs related to K-12.