CALAMBA CITY, Laguna (PIA) — The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Region 4-A encouraged participating employers of this year’s Labor Day job fair to accept more workers to help them recover from the negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
DOLE 4-A Regional Director Exequiel Ronie Guzman made the call as more Filipinos affected by establishments’ retrenchment and shutdown actively seek employment, adding that they have gone through severe challenges and sacrifices.
“Sa ating mga employers, huwag po ninyong pagdamutan ang mga naghahanap ng trabaho. Sa pagbibigay po ninyo ng trabaho sa kanila, kami po ay natutuwa at nagpapasalamat sa inyo na sa araw na ito ay magkakaroon ng pagkain sa bawat hapag kainan,” Guzman said.
Over 22,000 jobs offered by 153 participating employees are up for grabs at the regionwide simultaneous job fair organized by DOLE 4-A in partnership with the different provincial governments’ Public Service Employment Office (PESO).
In Laguna, the job and business fairs held at the Police Regional Office (PRO) Calabarzon headquarters at Camp Vicente Lim in Calamba City offer more than 4,500 jobs to residents seeking employment.
Recognizing the labor sector workers’ role and significant contributions to the country’s economic recovery, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III vowed to strengthen labor policies and programs that will improve the lives of every Filipino worker.
Bello stressed that the DOLE would continue to advance more programs and projects for the welfare of local and overseas Filipino workers.
“Kaakibat ng isang produktibong ekonomiya ang pagkakaroon ng matatag na hanay ng mangagawa kaya naman patuloy ang pamahalaan ng pagsusulong ng ibat ibang proyekto. Patuloy nating isusulong ang mga polisiya na naglalayong mapabuti ang buhay ng bawat manggagawang Pilipino sa pamamagitan ng pagbibigay ng disente at produktibong trabaho,” Bello said in his message to job seekers delivered by Guzman.
Duterte Legacy Caravan
Also joining the job and business fairs to offer various services to job seekers are representatives from government agencies such as the Philippine Statistics Authority, Department of Trade and Industry, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, and the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation.
Guzman said the event also targets to promote and showcase various government services that the public can avail as the government holds a nationwide simultaneous Duterte Legacy Caravan as part of this year’s Labor Day celebration.
“Nais po naming ipamalas sa inyong lahat ang maigting na samahan ng mga ahensiya ng gobyerno sa pagbibigay namin ng iba’t ibang serbisyo sa publiko at bilang kontribusyon namin dito sa Duterte Legacy Caravan,” Guzman said.
Be good and productive employees
As the government continues its fight against communist terrorist groups, Guzman also called on job seekers who will be hired during the job fair to be vigilant of the deceptive propaganda of CTG-infiltrated labor organizations.
“Kung kayo ay natanggap na magtrabaho, hinihiling namin na kayo ay maging mabuting mangagawa, sumunod kayo sa altituntunin ng employer at pamahalaan. Huwag kayong sumunod sa mga adhikain ng mga organisasyon na magdadala sa inyo sa hindi magandang kalagayan,” Guzman stressed.
“Nandito ang ating mga kasamahan sa iba’t ibang unyon, sila ang magpapatunay kapag maganda relasyon ng manggagawa at employer, makakamtan po natin ang matagal na nating pinpangarap na tunay na kapayapaan sa industriya,” he added.
Strong gov’t partnership, collaboration
Meanwhile, Police Brigadier General Antonio Yarra expressed gratitude to the DOLE 4-A for partnering with the PRO 4-A in this year’s Labor Day celebration and job fair.
In his message, Yarra emphasized that the job fair reflects the government’s continued efforts to provide jobs to Filipinos as the economy recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic. He also recognized the significant contributions of the labor sector workers and investors as steerers of economic development in the region.
“Ang kanilang pagsisikap ay hindi lamang makakatulong para sa kani-kanilang pamilya, ito rin ay malaking ambag sa pagpapaunlad ng ating ekonomiya at ng ating bansa sa pangkalahatan,” Yarra said. — FC, PIA Laguna