Metro Manila to have job fairs every day

Posted on January 21, 2011

THE Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) will hold daily job fairs in various parts of Metro Manila this quarter to better match job-seekers and employers.

Labor Secretary Rosalinda D. Baldoz said yesterday the Bureau of Local Employment and the DoLE’s National Capital Region (NCR) Office, in cooperation with Public Employment Service Offices in the local government units, have lined up over 100 job fairs.

“The job fairs that began earlier in the New Year will continue in the first quarter and throughout 2011. These are proceeding on a daily basis in major cities and municipalities comprising the NCR -- with an average of almost 30 employers participating in each fair,” Ms. Baldoz said in a press release.

The DoLE said local companies have 137,357 vacancies of all types, including those for the youth and fresh college graduates. “These fairs have been designed towards matching labor with productive opportunities, and the Public Employment Service Offices will assist job-seekers by facilitating job solicitation, referral, counselling and guidance on skills acquisition and training,” Ms. Baldoz said.

The schedule of the job fairs will be posted on the Internet and publicized in the media, the department said. “On the average, there will be at least one job fair at any given day within the NCR,” said Maria Criselda R. Sy, Bureau of Local Employment chief, adding that in the regions, similar fairs are being conducted under DoLE regional offices
“As appropriate,” the fairs will be reinforced by the computerized Phil-Jobnet system to assist job-seekers in availing themselves of opportunities provided by employers online.

Meanwhile, the DoLE said it would develop new courses for Filipino seafarers to ensure compliance with the Manila Amendments to the Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping (STCW) Convention and Code adopted during the 2010 International Maritime Organization (IMO) Diplomatic Conference in Manila.

Ms. Baldoz said the Maritime Training Council (MTC), an attached agency of the DoLE, is spearheading the development of 11 courses in line with the Manila Amendments of the STCW Convention and Code.

“The 11 courses being developed by MTC will give our Filipino seafarers the necessary training and certification to operate modern, technologically advanced ships,” she said.

The Cabinet official said the MTC is developing courses for the following: able seafarer deck; able seafarer engine; electro-technical officer; electro-technical rating; basic training for oil and chemical tanker cargo operations; advanced training for oil tanker cargo operations; advanced training for chemical tanker cargo operations; basic training for liquefied gas tanker operations; advanced training for liquefied gas tanker cargo operations; security awareness training; and training for seafarers with designated security duties.

“Within the year, the MTC plans to enter into an agreement with the National Maritime Polytechnic for the development of all training requirements of the STCW Manila Amendments,” Ms. Baldoz added.

The MTC intends to implement the Manila Amendments prior to the agreement’s entry into force on Jan. 1, 2012 and its full enforcement in January 2017.

The Manila amendments to the STCW Convention and Code were approved by 84 IMO member-states last June 25, 2010, marking a major revision of the STCW Convention and Code.