“Trabaho para sa Bulakenyo means More than Jobs, but Decent Jobs,” says the DOLE
City of Malolos - Bridging more employment and livelihood opportunities for Bulakenyos, the Provincial Government of Bulacan, through its Public Employment Service Office (PESO), in partnership with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Regional Office No. 3, through its Bulacan Field Office, recently held a Mega Job Fair at the Bulacan Capitol Gym here in Malolos City, Bulacan.
DOLE Regional Director Raymundo G. Agravante reported to Labor Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz that the said job fair, anchored on the theme “Trabaho para sa Bulakenyo,” was attended and participated in by 1,014 jobseekers from different parts of the province vying for 5,755 posted job vacancies for local and overseas employment.
Accompanying Agravante is Regional PESO Managers Federation, Inc. (RPMFI) President, Elizabeth Alonzo; newly-installed DOLE Bulacan Field Office head, Pedro Fernando Jr.; and other officials from the DOLE and Provincial Government of Bulacan.
Alonzo, in an interview with local media, said that sixty (60) local companies and fifteen (15) POEA-accredited recruitment agencies participated in the said job fair.
“Some of the companies present, which made this job fair a success include SM saNorth Edsa, SM Hypermarket, Robinsons, Waltermart, Mayer, Mighty Corporation, San Miguel Brewery, Eperformax, Lloyd Laboratories, Pepsi Cola Bottlers Inc., Indophil Group of Companies, M and M Placement International Inc., Alphatech, Greatworld International Management Inc., Connor and Wyson Overseas Employment Corporation, and Staffhouse International Resources among others,” said Alonzo.
Alonzo also noted the positions offered by the above-mentioned companies which include sales accountants, cadet engineers, cashiers, production workers, sales clerks, stock clerks, waitresses, quality control inspectors, painters, and call center agents.
Of the 1,014 applicants registered, 82 were hired on the spot (HOTS) while 861 applicants had qualified for further interview. Aside from the job fair, with the DOLE’s enhanced campaign slogan “More than Jobs, It’s Decent Jobs,” other noteworthy activities, tailored fit to boost alternative means of employment and address jobs mismatch, also took place.
OFW Repatriates from Kuwait Start Anew as they receive their Karts Agravante, along with Alonzo and Fernando, led the distribution of ambulant-vending carts under the DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program (DILP) dubbed the Negosyo sa Kariton (NegoKart) Project to five (5) repatriated overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) from Kuwait namely Josephine Payonan, Jinkie Baba, Geraldine Gose, Narcisa Cajudo, and Irene Cagampang. The NegoKart Project according to Fernando is a developmental intervention for individuals who wish to pursue entrepreneurship by engaging into small businesses. According to Fernando, the DOLE funded for the construction of the carts, amounting to P75,000, which already includes the cart, accessories and equipment tools such as a burger griddle, siomai steamer, juicer plus working capital for the goods or raw materials. The Provincial Government, meanwhile, provided a counterpart assistance amounting to P18,750 that will be used to capacitate the beneficiaries’ through an entrepreneurship development training (EDT) and the facilitation of initial payments of social security schemes such as the SSS, Pag-Ibig, and PhilHealth. For the beneficiaries, the NegoKart Project means a new hope signaling a new door of opportunities for them to venture entrepreneurship and become successful in their chosen business with the help and guidance of the DOLE and PESO. Jinky Baba of Meycauayan, Bulacan, in an interview through Skype, expressed her warmest appreciation to the DOLE for starting anew with her NegoKart. “Hirap at sakripisyo ang mawalay sa aking pamilya, sa hangad na makapagpundar para sa aking pamilya at makapagtayo ng munting pangkabuhayan sa Pilipinas, malaking tulong po ang maging kabilang sa mga nakatanggap ng NegoKart mula sa DOLE. Umasa po kayo na ang ipinagkaloob ninyong pangkabuhayang sa akin ay aking pagyayamanin,” said Baba. Aside from the NegoKarts, another ambulant-carting livelihood assistance dubbed the EntrePYAP (Pag-Asa Youth Association of the Philippines), was given to Maricel Torres, an out of school youth (OSY) and chosen beneficiaries of the Bulacan Sports Council’s (BSCs) Hakbang para sa Kabataan 2012, was empowered to venture into small business. The said cart, which was initiated by the Provincial Government of Bulacan, through the BSC, amounted to P15,000 and includes initial supplies and raw materials.
Meanwhile, twelve (12) BSC OSY-beneficiaries each received P10,000 to be used as their start-up capital for their chosen micro-businesses.
Boosting Employment in the Grassroots
Distribution of Computers for the SRS Implementation
Gearing towards the 4th Wave Implementation of the Skills Registry System (SRS) in the province, the Municipal PESOs of Pandi, Obando, and San Miguel, as well as the City PESO of San Jose Del Monte, were each given computers to be used in the implementation of the SRS in their respective areas.
“These computers will be very helpful in the operations of the SRS, where we will be able to fast-track the registry of applicants from the grassroots who possess the necessary skills needed by our prospective employers and hopefully find them jobs fitted with their skills,” said Alonzo.
Distribution of Job Search Kiosks
What was known then as the greater modular access job-search kiosks, distributed all over the region a few years ago, have now been leveled up by the Bureau of Local Employment (BLE) and rebadged as DOLE Job Search Kiosks.
At the said job fair, the first three (3) enhanced kiosks were distributed to 3 PESOs in the province namely the Bulacan Provincial PESO, PESO Guiguinto, and school-based PESO Baliuag University.
In an interview with Director Agravante by local media, Agravante urged job seekers, who are well-verse in the use of computers, to take access in the said job-searching kiosks.
“Sa lahat ng ating mga jobseekers na may kakayahang gumamit ng computer, mayroon na tayong upgraded na job search kiosks na itinalaga sa ating mga PESOs upang kayo makapag-register ng inyong online resume para mas madali kayong makahanap ng mga bakanteng trabaho,” said Agravante.
Forging of another school-based PESO
With efforts to bring the programs of the DOLE and PESO closer to soon-to-be members of the labor force, Agravante led the forging of another school-based PESO in the province, this time, through a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Holy Family International College (HFIC), located at the City of San Jose Del Monte.
HFIC, just like the PESOs all over the region, will carry out the DOLE and PESO programs for its students, especially those who will graduate and eventually look for jobs.
Also witnessing the signing of this MOU are RPMFI President Elizabeth Alonzo, DOLE Bulacan Field Office head Pedro Fernando, and HFIC President Nida Nicolas.
DOLE Allots P5.5 Million for Summer Job Program
This year, the DOLE has pledged P5,500,000 under its whole-year round Special Program for the Employment of Students, or more familiarly known as the SPES, targeted to benefit more than 1,000 poor but deserving youths who wish to pursue and finish their studies.
The said P5.5 million represents governments 40 percent in the salaries of the SPES beneficiaries, while the remaining 60 percent will be shouldered by the participating partner companies/agencies from the public and private sector. The salary is computed based on the standard minimum wage set in the region.
At the DOLE, we are more than Jobs
This year, the DOLE will continue to address the issues of unemployment, underemployment, and jobs mismatch with more innovative and developmental programs geared towards decent jobs which will empower Central Luzon’s hardworking and resilient workforce.
END/J. Miranda-Borja with additional inputs from Eloisa Muli