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DOLE job fair, summit set on Labor Day

The Department of Labor and Employment will hold a nationwide online job fair and summit on May 1, Labor Day.

“We are preparing for an extensive job fair on May 1, and all of our regional offices and Public Employment Service Offices as well the employers who will participate are gathering different job vacancies for the event,” Labor Assistant Secretary Dominique Tutay said in a Laging Handa briefing yesterday.

She added that a job summit will also be held to “recover the employment that has been lost due to the pandemic” and for the business groups, labor groups, and the government to present the employment recovery agenda.

She said the public may visit the Trabaho Negosyo Kabuhayan (TNK) web page under the Bureau of Local Employment that can be accessed at ble.dole.gov.ph.

“They can also visit our official social media pages particularly our Facebook account. They can also ask the Public Employment Service Offices of the local government units in every municipality, city, and province near them,” Tutay added.

The events will be held online as mass gatherings remain prohibited amid the surge in coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases.

“Our job fair will be different this year because of the pandemic, gatherings are not allowed so the DOLE, in coordination with the PESO, will be holding a job fair online,” she added.

Before the pandemic, the annual event is held simultaneously in big venues around the country.

250K WORKERS HELPED

Over 250,000 formal workers in the tourism sector have received cash assistance, worth P1.26 billion, under the Covid-19 Adjustment Measures Program of the DOLE, as of April 15, Tutay said.

“We also have processed more than 151,000 workers from tourism-related sector to the tune of P758 million that are being processed for payment within the month of April,” she said.

She added that there are still available funds from the allocation, where they expect to accommodate some 200,000 more workers.

“There is still P1 billion left from the tourism budget that can accommodate around 200,000 workers and, hopefully, we will be able to finish this before the month of June,” she said. The government has allocated a P3.1 billion budget under the Camp for tourism workers, and each will receive a one-time cash assistance of P5,000.*PNA

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