By Philippine News Agency
The regional offices of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE 11) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI 11) are ready for the two-day Job Fair on May 1 and 2 with 11,882 work vacancies open for jobseekers.
Dubbed “Trabaho, Negosyo, Kabuhayan (TNK) Job and Business Fairs, the event will be held at the Gaisano Mall of Davao and SM City aimed not only offering jobs, but also promote entrepreneurship through business fairs.
DOLE 11 Employment Focal Person Marlito Ayala said that of the 11,882 total jobs available, 2,766 are local vacancies and 2,982 for overseas employment. Of the top 10 most in-demand jobs, Ayala said five are for construction.
There are 1,205 vacancies for mason; 528 for carpenter; 402 for title setter; 144 for rebarman or steelman; and, 70 for foreman.
The rest of the local vacancies are for sales representatives – 130; service crew – 103; customer service representatives – 70; technical support representatives – 60; and, management trainee – 54.
With the number of vacancies for construction, Ayala said this indicates that the construction industry is booming in Davao region.
“This is startling for us. There are really many construction activities in Davao,” said Ayala during Monday’s Kapehan sa Dabaw at SM City Annex.
He added that in the past, the most in-demand job was for call center agents or customer service representatives.
Ayala said nursing remains the most in-demand job abroad with 1,933; sales associate – 200; assistant herd manager for New Zealand – 174; waiter/waitress – 120; English teacher for Japan – 113; cleaner -112; household service worker – 100; welder – 100; general worker/laborer – 90 and engineer – 40.
Trade and Industry Development Specialist Gema Estrada said that in tandem with DOLE DTI is also offering Diskwento Caravan and business seminars on the sidelines of the job fair.
Estrada said DTI offers an alternative source of income.
DTI will conduct livelihood training such as urban gardening, handicraft, flower arrangement, and balloon arrangement.
Estrada said the TNK is a joint undertaking of DTI and DOLE.
She said last year DTI assisted 15,000 medium and small entrepreneurs.
Since 2017, DTI conducted 1,894 skills and entrepreneurial training for MSMEs. There were also 142 MSMEs which availed of financing clinic under the TNK.