A job fair at Rizal Park, Manila tomorrow, June 12, has the potential to dramatically improve the lives of hundreds of thousands of people, with more than 30,000 jobs on offer… most of them in the Philippines.
Tomorrow’s Rizal Park job fair is the latest landing point of the Trabaho, Negosyo, Kabuhayan (TNK) job and business fair organised to mark the 102th anniversary of Philippine independence.
According to the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) more than 70 employers (45 local, 20 overseas and eight government agencies) are looking to fill 30,000 jobs at the Rizal Park job fair, with the majority in the domestic construction and transportation sectors.
For those looking to work abroad the Rizal Park job fair will have vacancies in the hotel and hospitality industries, nursing, and engineering, as well as skilled trades such as carpentry, and electricians, seeking applicants.
The Rizal Park job fair comes against a backdrop of 5.5 per cent unemployment in April, a meagre 0.2 percentage point drop over the same period last year, and a galloping inflation rate of 4.5 per cent in April 2018, 1.2 percentage points above one year prior.
According to Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, the Rizal Park job fair is aimed at bringing employment and entrepreneurship opportunities to the grassroots level.
For Filipinos seeking to work overseas a new service from Facebook will help them stay in touch with loved ones and equip them with the life skills necessary to be not taken advantage of while working abroad.
Developed in conjunction with the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) the online training will focus on maximising the use of Facebook
Scheduled to commence in July some 40,000 outbound overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) are expected to take part in the training, which covering online security and privacy, critical thinking, and spotting fake news. An additional 1,500 OFWs will undergo entrepreneurship training.
Some one million Filipinos leave the country yearly in search of a higher paying jobs abroad, with at least 10 million scattered OFWs scattered around the globe. At least one in every ten Filipino households in the Philippines has one or more family members working abroad and sending home money, cementing a culture of dependency among relatives on OFWs.
Last year remittances by OFWs reached an all-time high of US$31.1 billion, up 5.3 per cent over the $29.7 billion sent home in 2016. However, remittances took somewhat of a whack in March due to the repatriation of OFWs from Kuwait following the introduction of a short lived ban by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte in response to reports of Filipino workers being abused there.
According to data released by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) on May 15 remittances through banks in March totaled $2.36 billion, a 9.8 per cent drop over the $2.61 billion sent home during the same period one year earlier.
Feature video Manila Bulletin Online
- Firms looking to fill nearly 30K vacancies on June 12 at Rizal Park (Philippine Daily Inquirer)
- PH employment rate slightly up in April (CNN Philippines)
- PHILIPPINES – JOBLESS RATE FALLS SLIGHTLY, UNDEREMPLOYMENT UP IN APRIL (SIA)
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