Jenny, a 21-year-old JobStarter from Benguet is one of the many beneficiaries of the program who strives to make her dream a reality. Jenny supported herself throughout college by being a part-time caregiver until graduating from a two-year medical and healthcare course in one of the colleges in Baguio City. She eventually became a full-time caregiver after graduating from college. This was what she knew best and what she was used to doing. Then, nights became longer and sleep turned shorter. Her salary was barely enough to cover her daily expenses.

It only took her a trip to the Department of Labor and Employment- Cordillera Administrative Region (DOLE-CAR) to discover a better career path to pursue.  She found out about JobStart and immediately registered to the program through the assistance of the Public Employment Service Office (PESO) in her municipality. She registered and participated in the Life Skills Training (LST) which prepares the youth to become more ready to face the realities of work environments. Jenny is currently working in a medical company located in Clark, Pampanga after she joined the online job fair. Today, Jenny smiles as she knows this is just the beginning of a worthwhile journey.

Before the COVID-19 Pandemic, the DOLE, the PESO and partner agencies conducts a nationwide Job Fair every May 1st Labor Day. As we all know, a Job Fair is an employment facilitation strategy aimed to fast-track the meeting of jobseekers and employers/overseas recruitment agencies in one venue at a specific date to reduce cost, time and effort particularly on the part of the applicants. However, this year the DOLE will still conduct a nationwide job fair but not the usual face to face job fair but an online job fair on May 1, Labor Day.

Regional Director Nathaniel Lacambra during a casual meeting informed media friends that the job fair will be different this year because of the pandemic where gatherings are not allowed so the DOLE in coordination with the PESO will be holding a job fair online as mass gatherings remain prohibited amid the surge in coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases.

A week before the May 1 Labor day Job Fair, we are inviting all unemployed, skilled and unskilled workers, fresh college graduates, graduates of training institutions, displaced workers and employees seeking advancement to join and participate in the scheduled  webinars.

On April 27, 2021, there will be a Jobseekers Starter Kit Guide to Employment. You can register to these links at ;  and also for those interested there will be a” Labor Education for Graduating Students”  @ ;  On April 28, 2021,  Growing an Entrepreneur’s Mindset @ and on April 29, 2021, a webinar on Creating a Safe Space Workplace . The registration link is @ For the first 100 participants to register, links will be sent to your e-mail address.

Dubbed as 2021 National Online Trabaho, Negosyo, Kabuhayan (TNK) Job and Business Fairs, the event will highlight the National Labor Day celebration, while giving job seekers the opportunity to look for decent employment while in the comfort and safety of their homes.

Following the TNK principle, the virtual job fair includes other important components. Apart from Trabaho, also included are several activities on Negosyo and Kabuhayan, which will be participated in by the DOLE’s partner-agencies.

The DOLE, Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), the City Government of Baguio through their Public Employment Service Office (PESO), and other industry partners will be working together under the Trabaho component.

The DOLE, in particular, would be primarily responsible for the administration of job and livelihood components. Underscoring the holistic approach of the TNK Job and Business Fairs, Director Lacambra said the online job fair is expected to cater not only to the needs of job seekers but also those of people who need interventions in other aspects such as skills training, business coaching or provision of livelihood assistance.

The holding of an online job fair formed part of government efforts under the National Employment Recovery Strategy (NERS) to be able to restart economic activities; generate more employment opportunities; provide labor market facilitation access; improve youth employability; and restore business confidence.

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) will take its share under the Negosyo component, providing services such as: advocacy for entrepreneurship featuring successful local entrepreneurs and product catalogs; business opportunities that will focus on the industry specific to the locality and/or local chambers; government support and assistance in starting a business, business registration, e-commerce; and SMEs (small and medium enterprises) support and assistance through business advisory and counseling.

There will be a virtual help desk, advocacy on livelihood programs, and provision of training and starter kits under the Kabuhayan component of DOLE, National Reintegration Center for OFWs (overseas Filipino workers), Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) and the rest of partner-agencies that will be also rendering their respective services. To be incorporated at the main portal will be links to the following offices participating in the One-Stop-Shop Services: NBI (NBI clearance issuance and other services; PSA (Birth Certificate issuance and other services); BIR (TIN issuance and other services); SSS (SSS number issuance and other services); DOLE (Processing of application, issuance and other services); PhilHealth (Processing of PhilHealth application, issuance and other services): Professional Regulation Commission (advocacy on PRC Licensure Examination System, processing of application for board exams, queries on the result of board exams); Philippine Postal Corp. (processing of application and issuance of Postal IDs and other services); DFA (Processing of application for passport and other services); and POEA (tele-consultations on overseas employment queries via email at

For more information you can visit You can also send a message to the TNK Cordillera face book Page or DOLE Cordillera face book page for inquiries.

END/Patrick Rillorta