Editor's note: An earlier version of this story mentioned that job fairs will be held in SM malls, as announced by DOLE. SM however clarified that a job fair will only be in General Santos City.
MANILA - The Department of Labor and Employment said Friday about 143,000 jobs will be available for job-seeking Filipinos, both for local and overseas employment, on May 1, Labor Day.
DOLE Undersecretary Joel Maglunsod said there are 58,171 local jobs and 84,914 overseas jobs available in more than 50 job fairs across the country.
According to the DOLE, the local jobs available are for those aspiring to work as soldiers and policemen, call center agents, factory workers, construction workers, and carpenters while jobs for overseas deployment are for nurses, technicians, food and beverage staff, engineers, factory workers, construction workers, cooks, drivers, and housekeepers.
“We want to see more job seekers to be hired on the spot once they apply on May 1,” Maglunsod said.
Maglunsod also raised hopes for workers and labor union leaders who have been clamoring for an executive order from President Rodrigo Duterte to end the practice of contractualization of jobs.
He said the President is expected to make an important announcement in May.
"So at least bukas pa rin tayo na yung executive order na inasahan sana ng ating mga manggagawa ay ma-kunsidera ng Presidente, so sana by May 1 mako-consider yun or kahit after May 1,” Maglunsod said.
In a related development, Maglunsod also announced that 7,306 workers of telecoms giant PLDT will soon be regularized as ordered by Secretary Silvestre Bello.
“The secretary affirmed his earlier decision denying PLDT’s appeal against the finding of the NCR office for the regularization of those contractual employees,” Maglunsod said.
The DOLE also said that aside from job fairs, medical and dental missions will also be conducted in Cebu, as well as “Negosyo Centers and Diskwento Caravans” to be spearheaded by the Department of Trade and Investment.