The “Trabaho, Turismo, Asenso Philippine Tourism Job Fair” opened across the three major island groups of the Philippines yesterday, Thursday (September 22).
A partnership between the DOT, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), the private sector, and tourism stakeholders, the job fair was simultaneously opened in the cities of Manila, Cebu, and Davao, ushering in the availability of 8,295 jobs in the tourism industry and related sectors.
On its first day, the job fair accommodated a total of 5,174 applicants, the majority of which came from the Cebu leg (3,074), followed by Manila (1,388), and Davao with 714 pre-registered applicants. Furthermore, as of 3:00PM, over 1,000 walk-ins and 80 hired on-the-spot applicants were recorded by the DOT and DOLE.
“Today, we provide you with opportunities to continue to be our partners as we recover from all the challenges that we have faced. Everything that we are doing in the Department of Tourism is to serve the goal of ensuring that we put our tourism stakeholders front and center of our agenda,” said Secretary Frasco *in a pre-recorded message. Frasco is in New York as part of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.’s delegation to the 77th Session of the United Nations General Assembly.
The Manila leg of the job fair led by DOT Undersecretary Shereen Yu -Pamintuan will run until Saturday (September 24), while the Cebu and Davao legs with the opening ceremonies led by Undersecretaries Mae Elaine Bathan and Ferdinand Jumapao, respectively, will be open until Friday (September 23).
In her speech, Secretary Frasco highlighted the importance of the country’s tourism industry workforce, stating that it is the tourism workers and stakeholders who “are the best representation of the Filipino brand, with your hard work, your industry, your resilience, and your graciousness, you have made known the Filipino brand of hospitality all over the world”.
“We hope that the Philippine Tourism Job Fair was able to guide you (job seekers) to appropriate employment goals,” said DOLE Undersecretary for Employment and Human Resource Development Cluster Carmela Torres, who represented DOLE Secretary Bienvenido Laguesma at the opening of the job fair’s Manila leg.
Held at the SMX Convention Center, the Manila leg of the job fair coincides with the Hotel Suppliers Show, the go-to sourcing event of hotels, resorts, restaurants, and leisure establishments in the country organized by Global-Link MP Events International.
“It’s in support of DOT to show that private companies and the government can work well together and having the Philippine Tourism Job Fair held side-by-side with our Hotel Suppliers Show completes the overall perspective of a job applicant through the various exhibitors,” enthused Global-Link MP Events International Chief Operating Officer (COO) Jing Lagandaon.
A one-stop-shop for pre-employment requirements including the processing of PhilHealth, Pag-IBIG, NBI clearance, and SSS number applications will also be available to job seekers who will visit the job fair’s Manila location.