The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has successfully conducted 56 job fairs nationwide last 1 May 2016 in observance of the annual Labor Day Celebration. This year’s theme is “Kinabukasan Sigurado sa Disenteng Trabaho”.

There are 1,443 employers who offered a total of 238,361 job vacancies, of which, 43% were local and 57% were overseas jobs. In terms of locality, most of the registered jobseekers were from NCR (4,959 or 12.1%), followed by CAR (4,606 or 11.3%) and Region III (4,000 or 9.8%). More females participated in this year’s job fair which is a good indicator of their increased labor force participation. About 54.5% or 22,324 of job seekers who trooped the Labor Day job fair were female while 45.5% or 18,600 were males.

Meanwhile, 26% or 7,857 of the 29,947 total qualified job applicants nationwide were hired on-the-spot (HOTS). This figure is higher than last year’s 21%.  A total of 26,548 jobseekers were near-hire or may have a chance of getting employed depending on the outcome of further interviews and pre-employment requirements of the hiring company. In addition, 984 jobseekers were referred to Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) for skills training to better prepare them in the world of work.

Other pre-employment services were also available during the last Labor Day celebration such as processing and issuances of government IDs, clearances and documents from NSO, SSS, PhilHealth, Pag-IBIG, NBI and PRC. Free massage treatments and haircut were also available through TESDA’s initiative.

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