La­bor Day job fairs to fo­cus on un­der­em­ploy­ment in Davao Re­gion

Business World - - THE NATION - — Maya M. Padillo

THIS YEAR’s La­bor Day job fairs on May 1 aim to ad­dress un­der­em­ploy­ment in Davao Re­gion, ac­cord­ing to Mar­l­ito D. Ayala, Depart­ment of La­bor and Em­ploy­ment-Re­gion 11 (DoLE-11) em­ploy­ment fo­cal per­son. Speak­ing in a me­dia fo­rum Mon­day, Mr. Ayala said as of Jan­uary this year, un­der­em­ploy­ment in the re­gion stood at about 17%, lower com­pared to last year’s 20%, bit still a “big fig­ure.” As of Jan­uary 2018, the re­gion had an em­ploy­ment rate of 95.4%. Mr. Ayala ex­plained that the un­der­em­ployed are seek­ing jobs that bet­ter fit their skills, with bet­ter pay and se­cu­rity of ten­ure. The May 1 and 2 job fairs, to be held at the SM City Ecoland and Gaisano Mall of Davao, will be jointly or­ga­nized by DoLE and the Depart­ment of Trade and In­dus­try-11. “In Gaisano Mall, we have 5 days pre-reg­is­tra­tion so that em­ploy­ers can screen and in­ter­view ap­pli­cants first and then re­quire them to come back on May 1 with their doc­u­ments,” he said. The con­struc­tion in­dus­try has the high­est num­ber of job open­ings this year for both lo­cal and for­eign em­ploy­ment. A to­tal of 11,882 va­can­cies would be avail­able, with 116 em­ploy­ers par­tic­i­pat­ing.

TAGUM CIO

DAVAO: DAVAO CITY JOB-SEEK­ERS flock to the Kalayaan Job and Busi­ness Fairs held June 12, 2017 in Tagum City, Davao del Norte, or­ga­nized by the Depart­ment of La­bor and Em­ploy­men­tRe­gion 11 and the city’s Pub­lic Em­ploy­ment Ser­vice Of­fice.

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