PGMA to open big jobs fair on Labor Day

April 30, 2010 8:22 pm 

MANILA, April 30 – President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will lead the Labor Day celebration tomorrow (May 1) by launching simultaneous jobs and livelihood fairs nationwide through symbolic rite in Metro Manila.

The job and livelihood fairs will offer some 82,000 job openings.

The President will deliver a speech at the fair in the SMX Convention Center of the Mall of Asia, and will be presented a document entitled "Labor Agenda 2010-2015" drafted by the different labor groups in the country.

She will also grace the launching of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) "2917 hotline" project in collaboration with Globe Telecoms.

This year's Labor Day celebration, with the theme "Manggagawang Pilipino: Kaagapay sa Pagbabago", will feature scholarship awards to children of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) to be given by the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), livelihood checks from the DOLE-National Capital Region, scholarship certificates from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, and raffle of a housing unit by the Pag-Ibig Fund.

The President will be received at the fair site by DOLE Secretary Marianito Roque, Undersecretary Lourdes Trasmonte and labor leaders Democrito Mendoza of the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines, Allan Montano of the Federation of Free Workers, Willy Pulia of the Alliance of Free Workers, Teresita Sy Coson of SM Malls Corp and Ernest Cu, president/CEO of Globe Telecoms Philippines.

Victorino Balais of TUCP will deliver a summation and presentation of the five-year Labor Agenda.

The document contains inputs from the youth sector led by Reginald Ricohermoso of the National Alliance of Trade Unions; on OFW by Bernadette Guzman of the Philippine Association of Migrant Workers and Advocates; on women by Sister Florencia Cabatingan of TUCP; on informal sector by Sister Susanita Tesioma of ALLWIES; on public sector by Sister Esperanza Ocampo of the Philippine Government Employees Association; on formal Sector by Bro. Vladimir Tupaz of Trade Unions of the Philippines and Allied Services (TUPAS) and Bro. Leonardo Desierto of Association of Independent Hotel and Restaurant Workers Union (AIHRWU).

The President will launch the DOLE 2917 hotline by dialing the service number using the Globe phone. She will be assisted by Secretary Roque, Alan Supnet of Globe and actress Jolina Magdangal.

The President will then award DOLE Kabuhayan certificates to the informal sectors, and draw the winning ticket for the house and lot.

The simultaneous livelihood and jobs fairs will be held in six SM Malls in Metro Manila and in 14 major regional sites.

Participating government agencies include the Department of Foreign Affairs, National Statistics Office, Bureau of Internal Revenue, Social Security System, Philhealth, Professional Regulations Commission and other frontline agencies whose officials will be on hand to offer a one stop-shop processing of employment requirements.

Interested registered nurses who want to venture into other health and wellness services will also be assisted under Project EntrepeNurse.

TESDA will conduct skills competition, demonstration, and training while other agencies will provide basic medical and first aid services, and legal and welfare assistance.

Local employers and overseas recruitment and manning agencies are offering thousands of local and overseas jobs.

The jobs and livelihood fairs also offer enterprise development seminars, livelihood lectures on e-commerce, marketing through internet, ICT opportunities, events management, HRM-related business, network marketing, loading station and Botika ng Bayan and skills training, business counseling and entrepreneurship orientation. (PNA)

LAP/PTR/OPS/ssc

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