“Kinabukasan Sigurado sa Disenteng Trabaho” is the theme of this year’s Labor Day celebration.
Headed by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), a job fair was organized at the Baguio Convention Center on May 1, 2016. Out of the 4,989 job seekers, 486 were hired on the spot (HOTS), for both local and overseas employment. 293 near-hire applicants were referred to the Technical Education and Skills Development Administration (TESDA) for further training. The activity was participated in by 35 local employers and 13 overseas recruitment agencies.
Also, a one-stop shop on government services, livelihood fair, health and wellness services and free overseas calls for families of OFWs were offered during the affair.
The active participation of various government and private agencies like the City Government of Baguio through PESO, ECC, TESDA, POEA, OWWA,NCMB, NLRC, PRC, RTWPB, DPWH, BCPO, CSC, DTI,CHED, NRCO, PhilHealth, PAG-IBIG, DFA, PNP, DSWD, ABS-CBN and PLDT contributed to the success of the affair.
In his message, DOLE Regional Director Nathaniel Lacambra said “The DOLE together with its partners is willing to walk the extra mile for you, to have decent work and for the higher quality of life as expressed in the Labor Day theme.”
Labor Day will not be complete without the participation of some organizations led by KMU-Cordillera, Cordillera People’s Alliance, Gabriela, Anak-Pawis, AKBAYAN, BAYAN, COURAGE and other groups. The group marched along Session Road with their placards and converged at the Igorot Park for a short program. After airing their gripes against the present administration, the protesters dispersed peacefully.
Maggie B. Balagtey