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Baguio City-The Department of Labor and Employment – Cordillera Administrative Region (DOLE-CAR) together with the Public Employment Service Office (PESO) Baguio will be facilitating gainful employment opportunities to the unemployed, new graduates and new entrants to the labor force on June 12, 2017 in two venues as part of the celebration of the 2017 Independence Day Job and Business Fairs with the theme “Kalayaan 2017: Pagbabagong Sama-Samang Balikatin”.

DOLE-CAR OIC Regional Director Exequiel Ronie A. Guzman disclosed that more than 2,316 job openings are up for grabs this coming June 12, 2017 Independence Day Job Fair at the SM City Baguio Events Center and Porta Vaga Mall along Session Road.

Director Guzman said that the Job Fair will commence at 9:00 in the morning until 5:00 in the afternoon at Porta Vaga Mall and from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at SM City Baguio where 2,316 job vacancies are available for job seekers. There are twenty two (25) participating companies and two (2) government agencies namely the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and the Philippine National Police (PNP)- Cordillera.

“For the participating companies, we have FC Laranang Group of Companies, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Mountessori, Sitel Philippines, SM Supervalue, Baguio Country Club, Convergys, IQOR Phils Inc., Sunshine Supermarket, Citylight Hotel, Chowking/Mang Inasal, International Hotel Groups, Mainstream Business, Inc., SM Star Appliances, Tree Top Adventure, Sutherland Global Services, Pines International Academy, Generation One, Derille’s Enterprises, Rufus, Palawan Express, Monol International, Savemore, John Hay management Corporation and SM Mall.” The Director added.

For our job seekers and new graduates, to increase their chances of being hired-on-the-spot, DOLE-CAR OIC Regional Director Exequiel Ronie Guzman advised jobseekers to be ready with the following application requirements: resume or curriculum vitae (bring extra copies for multiple job applications); 2 x 2 ID pictures; certificate of employment for those formerly employed; diploma and/or transcript of records; and authenticated birth certificate.

The 2017 Kalayaan job fair at the Porta Vaga Mall will include the “Trabaho, Negosyo, Kabuhayan (TNK)” initiative of the DOLE and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)-Cordillera Administrative Region.

DTI-CAR Regional Director Myrna Pablo said the nationwide job and business fairs aim to bring employment opportunities and entrepreneurship at the grassroots level.  The activity will also put up a business/entrepreneurial coaching and information booth, so that in addition to employment opportunities, people can also learn or look into livelihood and entrepreneurial options. There will also be a livelihood fair at the Porta Vaga Mall for the products of fourteen (14) DOLE and DTI assisted Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises.

Another celebration on June 12 is the celebration of the “World Day Against Child Labor” (WDACL).The WDACL celebration started in the Year 2002 is to raise awareness of the plight of child laborers world-wide where hundreds of millions of girls and boys around the world are affected, and since then, the celebration is conducted yearly.

The global theme for 2017 World day Against Child Labor: “In conflicts and disasters, protect children from child labor” is very timely to the Marawi Crisis and other armed conflicts happening all around us.

The theme focuses on the vulnerability of children to trafficking and child labor in areas affected by conflict and disaster. Conflicts and disasters have a devastating impact on people’s lives especially among children. Child labor is recognized as the worst form of abuse and exploitation of children. The root cause of child labor is extreme poverty which forces the parents to employ their children for some extra money for daily living. Poverty often pushes children to work, yet when children leave school early to enter the labor force they are more likely to end up in occupations that limit their chance of breaking out of poverty.

In the Philippines, based on the 2011 National Statistics Office (NSO) Survey on Children, there are 2.99 million Filipino children in Hazardous Child Labor. Latest data provided by the International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour (IPEC) – International Labor Organization (ILO) that there are still 2.1 million Filipinos into the worst forms of child labor. We celebrate the World Day Against Child Labor and call attention to the problem.

Meanwhile, the DOLE-CAR and the Rotary Club of Baguio Summer Capital (RCBSC) has spearheaded the project “Lapis, Papel and IBPA campaign. Joining the project includes the Baguio Lodge Number 67 of the Free and Accepted Masons, the JCI Baguio Sunflower, Boy’s High Ocho Tres, Baguio Midland Courier, ABS-CBN Baguio, SM City Baguio, Jomarcann General Construction, Hotel Supreme and the Baguio Center Mall.

RCBSC President Paquito “Kits” Marquez said that the “Lapis, Papel at Iba pa Project” is a year round project envisioned to help send a child laborer, a child at risk to Child Labor and a working child to school.

Marquez added that everybody is enjoined to support the project by donating new and old pencils, notebooks, crayons, bags and other educational supplies for children in 3rd to 6th class municipalities in Benguet and if possible the far flung areas of the Cordilleras.

END/Patrick Rillorta

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