Davao City- More than 300 applicants joined the recently concluded Trabaho Negosyo Kabuhayan (TNK) fairs last October 26 and 27 at Felcris Centrale.

The activity was done by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) XI in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) XI.

Among the participating applicants, 23 out of the 384 registered applicants have been hired on the spot during the job fair held during the first day of the activity. Among the 806 applicants interviewed, 493 applicants were near hires.

DOLE XI has solicited a total of 15, 628 job vacancies from 64 employers wherein 3,424 are local vacancies and 12,204 are overseas vacancies.

Local employers that were present during the job fair include Lapanday, Six Eleven, Sutherland, Earthgain (Goldilocks), Sonic Sales, Motortrade, TaytaysaKauswagan, Inc., Watsons Davao, and Decoarts.

Overseas employers include Bison Management Corporation, Zontar Manpower Services, Inc., Placewell International Services Corporation, E-GMP International Corporation, 9 International Manpower & Recruitment Services Corporation, Akanan Manpower Corporation, Pisces International Placement Corporation, FVJ Overseas Placewel, Inc., Eyequest International Manpower Services, Inc., and LRC Manpower Services International, Inc.

DTI XI, on the other hand, has conducted different seminars wherein about 70 participants joined each session. Seminars include Entrepreneurship seminar on Upcycling Wearables and Homestyles and Financing Consultation among others. The seminars were made open to everyone including walk-in participants.

They also conducted a coin recirculation program in partnership with Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, wherein the participants exchanged their saved coins into bills to help recirculate the coins.

The Food Processors of Davao, with around 30 members, and the Davao Ecocrafts Association, with 20 members, also showcased their products during the 2-day event.

The event is spearheaded by DTI-Davao and Dole-Davao in partnership with Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, Home Development and Mutual Fund, Social Security System, Securities and Exchange Commission, Cooperative Development Authority, Department of Science and Technology, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, National Bureau of Investigation, Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, Public Employment Service Office, and Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas.

Kriztja Marae G. Labrador with JPA/LCO-DOLE XI