The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in the Ilocos Region, in coordination with Public Employment Service Offices (PESOs), employers, academe and other agencies, has doubled the holding of job fairs to bring employment opportunities closer to job seekers.
DOLE-1 Regional Director Grace Ursua said job fairs bring together different employers and pre-employment services under one roof, making it faster and less expensive for jobseekers to do their job hunting.
She encouraged jobseekers to check the tentative schedule of job fairs and take advantage of landing in jobs in the most cost- efficient way.
“Job fair schedules for March and April are already posted in the phil-jobnet, the official job portal, and the DOLE-1 website,” Ursua said.
In Pangasinan, job fairs for local and overseas employment are slated on March 19 (Bani); March 20 (San Carlos City); March 23 (PESO office in Bayambang); March 26 (Bolinao); March 27-28 (Metro Plaza Grounds in Dagupan City); and April 29 (Urbiztondo).
The conduct of job fairs and their announcement in advance have been the DOLE’s employment facilitation strategy to bring jobs closer to jobseekers, especially in the regions. (PIA-1, Pangasinan)
The DOLE has intensified its conduct of career coaching to assist graduating students in either pursuing the right post-secondary course or land in job successfully.
Ursua said the agency’s six field offices have already spearheaded the conduct of Career and Employment Coaching (CEC) activities in 13 secondary and 10 tertiary and technical-vocational (tech-voc) schools in the region starting January this year.
Ursua said a total of 33 CECs have been provided to 1,361 secondary and 4,022 tertiary students.
She said career coaching services are given to graduating high school students to inform them about the most in-demand and hard-to-fill occupations in the region and across the country, as well as the factors to consider in deciding which course to take after graduation.
“Career guidance essentially aims to shape the minds of secondary students according to our available labor market information, and to wean them away from following the temporary trends,” the Regional Director said.
Employment coaching, on the other hand, is provided to graduating college or tech-voc students to ensure that they possess the right knowledge, attitude and values that will facilitate their employment and help them achieve a fruitful career in the future, she said.
“The DOLE and its partners are working together to ensure that our jobseekers, which include our new entrants to the labor force, land in jobs which suit their skills, interests and other credentials in the shortest time possible. Job-skill mismatch remains to be the underlying cause of unemployment, and to address it, students, parents, jobseekers and all other concerned entities should be informed on our labor market,” Director Ursua said.
Last year, 319 CECs were conducted in 219 schools, colleges and universities benefitting 49,726 students and their parents in the region, she added. (PIA-1, Pangasinan)