Baguio City – On May 1, 1903, the first Labor Day celebration in the Philippines took place. It was organized by the Union Obrera Democratica de Filipinas, the first labor federation in the country. Thousands of workers marched from Plaza Moriones in Tondo to Malacañang to demand complete independence, while chanting ant- American capitalism and imperialism.

The Union Obrero Democratica de Filipinas formerly known as the Union Obrera Democratica was founded on February 2, 1902 by Isabelo delos Reyes and Herminigildo Cruz. It advocated the rights of the labor force during the American occupation of the Philippines. Delos Reyes who was arrested on August 1902 for sedition, rebellion and “conspiracy to the raise the price of labor” was succeeded by Dominador Gomez. It was Gomez who led the first Labor Day celebration.

Today, Labor Day or “Araw ng Paggawa “in the Philippines is commemorated not only with parades and other forms of celebration, but also with rallies and demonstrations of the labor sector.

The celebration highlights the reality that the country’s workers have proven to be partners of government for economic development and positive social changes.

Today, Labor Day (or Araw ng Manggagawa) in the Philippines is commemorated not only with parades and other forms of celebration, but also with rallies and demonstrations of the labor sector.

For the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Labor Day will be celebrated nationwide with Job and Business Fairs. There will be 53 sites for the Trabaho, Negosyo, Kabuhayan (TNK) job and business fairs organized jointly by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

The site for the TNL Job and Business Fairs for the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) is at the Baguio City National High School Main Campus along Gov. Pack Road on May 1, 2018 (Tuesday) from 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM. The nationwide theme for this year’s Labor Day: “Pagpupugay sa Manggagawang Pilipino: Dangal ng lahi, kabalikat sa progresibong pagbabago.

During the event there will be several activities lined up for the Job and Business Fairs Activities including One Stop Shop Government Center, livelihood fairs and the Health and Wellness Center.

There are 31 local establishments with a total of 2,370 job vacancies and 14 Overseas Recruitment Agencies with 12,312 overseas job vacancies or a total of 14,682 job vacancies. The top local jobs with the most number of vacancies are: teachers (580), customer service representatives (380), retail and sales agent (300), collection specialists (150), production operators (100), cashiers (56), sales associates (55), bookkeepers (33), reservation specialists (32) and tour guides (30).

For those seeking overseas employment, the top vacancies are as follows: nurses (2,431); agricultural workers (929). Food and Beverage Staff (778), skilled workers (various specialization 542), technician (463), engineers (various fields 427), bakers (320), operator (283), electrician (266) and casino supervisors (210).

DOLE‘s contribution for new job applicant is a program called “Career Coaching”. It is a means of assisting young adults in making appropriate and judicious career, training and educational choices that enable them to develop their potential and to have access to work opportunities that are compatible with their interests, values and abilities.

In applying for a job, job seekers are advised to bring the following: Biodata or Resume; Birth Certificate issued by the NSO; High School/College Diploma; Transcript of Records; NBI, Police, Barangay Clearance; SSS Number; Tax payers’ Identification Number (TIN); Medical Certificate; Marriage Certificate (if married); Training Certificates; National Certificates and Professional Licenses.

It’s best to bring extra copies of your resume during the job fair. It would also be very helpful if you bring with you a flash drive containing soft copies of these files. There are some employers who have already gone digital, hence they will ask you to save your resume on their laptops or devices. Printing services are also usually present during job fairs, hence having a soft copy of your resume when you run out of printed ones would really be a big relief.

Job seekers usually dress up in casual clothes when attending job fairs since it’s more comfortable to walk around and slither through crowds of job seekers. But this would be quite an embarrassment if you’re invited for an impromptu interview. It is best if you wear smart casual outfits or anything that’s very presentable just in case this happens. Remember, there are also other job seekers vying for the same job so stand out from the others by dressing to impress.

Job fairs are important job search events you can’t afford to miss. Preparation is the key to your success. Following these tips will increase your chances of going home with a job offer at the end day. Best of luck!/Patrick T Rillorta