The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) urged the public to take advantage of the job fairs that will be set up across the country on May 1 Labor Day, saying more than 102,000 jobs are available for local and overseas employment.

DOLE Sec. Silvestre Bello III said the job fairs is part of the 120th celebration of the International Labor Day and will be participated by 900 employers nationwide.

“This job fair is one of the employment recovery strategies to restart economic activities, restore consumer and business confidence, upgrade and retool the workforce, and facilitate labor market access,” Bello said.

Bello said that those looking for local employment may take advantage of the 73,671 jobs for production operators/machine operators, customer service representatives, collection specialists, retail/sales agents/promodisers, and sewers to be offered by 817 employers.

Most of the vacancies in the 26 job fair sites are in the manufacturing, business process outsourcing, and retail/sales industries.

A total of 28,755 overseas jobs in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Germany, Poland, the United Kingdom, Japan, Taiwan, and Singapore will be offered by 73 recruitment agencies. The top overseas vacancies are for nurse/nurse aide; carpenter, foreman, and welder; food server; household service worker; and auditor.

Bello said that the main job fair site on May 1 is at the Kingsborough International Convention Center in San Fernando City, Pampanga, where over 10,000 jobs will be offered by 90 employers.

Most of the vacancies are for production operators, skilled sewers, customer service representatives, production helpers, call center agents, helpers, staff nurse, and collections specialists.

Other job fair sites on May 1 are in the following regions:

National Capital Region – Arroceros Forest Park, Manila

Cordillera Administrative Region – Baguio Convention Center

Ilocos Region – 3F MMX Center, Magic Mall, Urdaneta City, Pangasinan; Tagudin Farmers Center, Tagudin, Ilocos Sur; Robinsons Place Ilocos, San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte

Cagayan Valley Region – Robinsons Place Santiago City, Isabela

CALABARZON – St. Thomas Academy Gymnasium, Poblacion 3, Sto. Tomas, Batangas; Vista Mall, San Agustin, DasmariƱas, Cavite; Camp Vicente Lim, Brgy. Canlubang, Calamba, Laguna; Pacific Mall, ML Tagarao St., Brgy 3, Lucena City, Quezon; and Ynares Event Center Capitol Grounds, Antipolo City, Rizal

MIMAROPA – Robinsons Place, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan

Bicol Region – Robinsons Place, Naga City, Albay

Jobseekers may also visit SM City Iloilo in Western Visayas; Trade Hall, SM City Cebu, Juan Luna Ave. Ext., Cebu City and Lamberto Macias Sports Complex, Capitol Area, Dumaguete City in Central Visayas; and Robinsons North Tacloban City in Eastern Visayas.

In Mindanao, the job fair sites are in the following regions:

Zamboanga Peninsula – East Wing, Ground Floor, KCC Mall de Zamboanga, Zamboanga City;

Davao Region – 3F Activity Area NCCC Mall Buhangin, Davao City and 4F Activity Area, NCCC Mall, Tagum City;

SOCCSKSARGEN – KCC Events Center, KCC Mall of Marbel, Koronadal City

CARAGA – Robinsons Place Butuan

Meanwhile, job fairs held before May 1 were in Cagayan De Oro on April 28 and in Panabo City on April 29.

Another job fair will be held at the ParaƱaque City Hall Grounds on May 4.

Source: Manila Bulletin (