MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Labor will hold 65 job fairs throughout the country on May 1, Labor Day.
In a statement, Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said the 65 job fairs will gather nearly 2,000 employers with 115,384 job vacancies.
"The 65 job fairs will be simultaneous nationwide. These will be held in different venues in 16 regions under the overall supervision of the DOLE," said Baldoz.
Baldoz said the number of employers and jobs available are expected to increase, since it is still a week to go before May 1.
"As Labor Day approaches, the number of both participating employers and job vacancies are expected to increase, so job seekers of all types from every corner of the archipelago need to prepare to join the 65 job fairs," she said.
The DOLE has already held 266 job fairs from January 1 to March 31 this year, attended by 81,859 job applicants, 10,065 of whom were hired on-the-spot.
In the National Capital Region (NCR), the DOLE will hold 17 job fairs, including the biggest one at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City, where 170 participating local and overseas employers will offer 25,000 vacancies.
The other job fairs in the national capital will be held at the following SM Supermalls: North Edsa, Megamall, Valenzuela, Fairview, Novaliches, Manila, San Lazaro, Sta. Mesa, Pasig, Marikina, South Mall, Las Pinas, Sucat, Bicutan, BF Paranaque, and Muntinlupa.
In the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), there will be two job fairs, one each at the Baguio Convention Center and at SM City Baguio.
In Region 1, the job fairs will be at SM Rosales Mall, Rosales, Pangasinan and at LGU-Vigan City, Ilocos Sur.
In Region 2, the job fairs will be held at People's Gym in Tuguegarao City and at the City Hall, Santiago City, Isabela.
There will be 16 job fairs on Labor Day in Region 3 to be held at the following venues: Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija; Camp Servillano Aquino, San Miguel, Tarlac; People’s Park, Provincial Capitol, in Balanga City, Bataan; President Ramon F. Magsaysay Sports Complex, Caballero St., Poblacion, Candelaria, Zambales; Provincial Capitol, Aurora; and at the following SM branches, SM City Baliuag; SM City Clark; SM City Marilao; SM City Olongapo; SM City Pampanga; SM City San Fernando; and SM City Tarlac.
Five job fairs will be held in Region 4-A -- Batangas City Sports Coliseum; District Ayala Mall, Imus, Cavite; SM City Mall, Sta. Rosa City, Laguna; SM City Mall, Lucena City; and SM City Mall, Taytay City.
In Region 4-B, the DOLE regional office will mount a job fair at the Gaisano Mall, Calapan City, while in Region 5, the DOLE regional office will hold a job fair at SM Naga City.
In Region 6, two job fairs will be held at the Iloilo Provincial Capitol Ground and at SM Bacolod City.
In Region 7, five job fairs will be mounted at the Abellana National Sports Complex; Cebu Provincial Capitol, Cebu City; Robinson’s Place, Dumaguete City; SM Atrium, Consolacion, Cebu; and SM Trade Hall, Cebu City.
In Region 8, a job fair will be held at the St. Paul School of Business in Palo, Leyte. In Region 9, there will be a job fair in Zamboanga City; while in Region 10, there will be a job fair at the SM Carpark, Upper Carmen, Cagayan de Oro.
In Region 11, three simultaneous job fairs will be held at the Gaisano Mall of Davao, Davao City; SM City Davao, Davao City; and Gaisano Mall of Tagum City.
In Region 12, two job fairs will be held at the KCC Mall Convention Center, Gen. Santos City and at the SM Mall Convention Center, also in Gen. Santos City.
In CARAGA, there will be a job fair at the Robinson's Place in Butuan City.