Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday urged employers to continue playing their cooperative stance in providing more productive opportunities to jobseekers as she announced there are still more than a hundred job fairs scheduled from November to December this year.

In making the announcement, Baldoz reiterated her observation that job fairs are more viable and more economical venues both to search for workers and to search for jobs.

“The year 2013 is almost over, but we in the DOLE are keen to really open up more opportunities to job seekers, hence our job fairs will continue to be conducted until the close of the year,” she said.

Baldoz took the opportunity to thank employers for their tireless participation in year-round job fairs which are one of DOLE’s strategies in the pursuit of the overarching goal stated by President Benigno S. Aquino III, in his 22-point labor and employment agenda, to “invest in our country’s top resource, our human resource, to make us more competitive and employable” by addressing job mismatch.

According to Baldoz, the country’s network of local government units and Public Employment Service Offices under the supervision of the Bureau of Local Employment, including DOLE’s regional offices, will host the DOLE’s job fairs for the remaining days of 2013.

“We are constantly promoting better coordination between employers, the academe, and the government to strengthen cooperation so that the opportunities in the job fairs will be accessible to jobseekers in major cities, municipalities, and even in the  barangays,” said Baldoz.

Based on a preliminary report of the BLE, some 17,390 establishments and employers actively participated in 916 job fairs in the first nine months of the year. These fairs assisted 539,633 jobseekers, of whom some 15.7 percent, or 84,650, have been hired-on-the-spot (HOTS), while others were assisted in completing their requirements for eventual job hiring, including referral to not just one, but several, job vacancies.

She also said the onsite presence in the job fairs of DOLE and other government agencies, such as the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, ensured that workers received related assistance, including skills training, retooling and upgrading to enhance their employability.

BLE Director Dominique R.Tutay said that for the rest of 2013, the job fair schedules, accessible in the Phil-JobNet at www., are as follows:

National Capital Region (NCR):  7 November 2013–Navotas City to be hosted by Navotas PESO; 7-8 November–Valenzuela Foundation Day job fair at New Valenzuela City Hall Parking Area, hosted by Valenzuela PESO;  8 November–Pasay PESO, Pasay City; Navotas PESO, Navotas City; 14 November–BOC Bldg. Lobby, Mandaluyong City Hall, PESO Mandaluyong; 15 November–Quezon City hosted by Quezon City PESO;  21 November–Malabon City hosted by Malabon PESO; Navotas City hosted by Navotas PESO; 2 December–Pasay PESO, Pasay City;  14 December–BOC Bldg. Lobby, Mandaluyong City Hall, hosted by PESO Mandaluyong; 12 December–Malabon City hosted by Malabon PESO; and Navotas City hosted by Navotas PESO; Pasay City hosted by Pasay PESO;

Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR): November–Provincial Plaza hosted by Benguet Provincial PESO and DOLE-CAR Benguet Field Office; Region II:  November–Municipal Hall, Gattaran, Cagayan hosted by LGU-Gattaran;

Region III:   November–Dinalupihan Civic Center, Dinalupihan, Bataan, hosted by PESO-Dinalupihan; 4 December–Palayan City Conference Center, Palayan City; 8 December–DOLE Anniversary Job Fair, Provincial Capitol, Iba, Zambales hosted by Zambales Provincial PESO; DOLE Anniversary Job Fair, Rizal Triangle Multi-Purpose Covered Court, West Bajac-Bajac, Olongapo City, hosted by PESO-Olongapo; and 19 December–Rizal Triangle Multi-Purpose Covered Court, Olongapo City, hosted by PESO-Olongapo;

Region IV-B: 15 November–Pilot Elementary School, San Jose, Occidental Mindoro, organized by Occ. Mindoro Provincial PESO; November–Mamburao, Occidental Mindoro, hosted by Occidental Mindoro Provincial PESO; Or. Mindoro Provincial Hall, hosted by Oriental Mindoro Provincial PESO; December–Calapan City Hall, Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro, hosted PESO Calapan;

Region V: 4-5 November–Municipal Hall, Labo, Camarines Norte, hosted by Local Government of Labo;

Region VI: November–Barotac Viejo Covered Gym, Barotac Viejo, Iloilo hosted by LGU-Barotac Viejo; 8 December–Iloilo City hosted by DOLE Regional Office No. 6; December–Iloilo Provincial Capitol Lobby, Iloilo City hosted by PESO Iloilo Province; Robinsons Place, Bacolod City, hosted by DOLE Negros Occidental FO; San Jose, Antique hosted by LGU-Antique; and Boracay Island, Malay, Aklan hosted by DOLE Aklan FO;

Region VII: 9 November–Abellana, Cebu City Sports Complex hosted by PESO-Cebu City and DMDP; Mandaue City Cultural and Sports Complex hosted by PESO-Mandaue City; 10 November–Asturias Sports Complex hosted by PESO-Asturias;  16, 23, and 30 November–Barangay Area, Cebu City hosted by PESO-Cebu City and DMDP; 1 December–Cebu Provincial Capitol hosted by PESO-Cebu Province;  8 and 16 December–Barangay Area, Cebu City; and at DMDP, F. Ramos St., Cebu City, hosted by PESO Cebu City and DMDP; and on 23 November–Bohol Cultural Center, Tagbilaran City, Bohol;

Region VIII:  November–Cabucgayan Public Court, Biliran, hosted by LGU-Cabugcayan, Biliran;

Region IX: 4 December–R.T. Lim, Zamboanga Sibugay, hosted by LGU-R.T. Lim;

Region X: 3 November–Provincial Capitol Grounds hosted by Provincial Government of Misamis  Occidental; December–Kaamulan Theater, Malaybalay, Bukidnon hosted by City of Malaybalay, Bukidnon; City Covered Court City of Valencia, Bukidnon; and SM City Cagayan de Oro City hosted by DOLE Regional Office No. 10;

Region XI:  13 November–Pantukan, Compostela Valley Province hosted by LGU-Pantukan and Comval PESO; 20 November–Davao City PESO Office hosted by Davao City PESO; 21 November–NCCC Mall, Davao City hosted by Davao City PESO; 21 November–SP Complex, City of Mati hosted by Davao Oriental Vice Governor’s Office; 22 November–Tagum City hosted by Tagum City PESO; 23 November–NCCC Mall, Davao City hosted by Davao City PESO and DOLE Regional Office No. 11;  4 December–DOLE AnniversaryJob Fair, Abreeza Mall, Davao City hosted by Davao City PESO and DOLE Davao City Field Office;   6 December–Island Garden City of Samal hosted by City Government of Island Garden City of Samal;

Region XII:  20 November–Midsayap, Cotabato hosted by LGU-Midsayap; 6 December–Gaisano Grand, Koronadal City hosted by LGU-Koronadal City; 12-13 December–PESO Office, Koronadal hosted by PESO-Koronadal; and

Caraga:  15 November–Provincial Hall, Dinagat Island Province, Dinagat Island Province PESO;  16 November—Kapamilya Trabaho Patrol Job Fair, FSUU Gymnasium, Butuan City hosted by ABS-CBN Caraga, in coordination with DOLE-Agusan del Norte Field Office; 5 December–Veruela Municipal Hall, Agusan del Sur hosted by Veruela PESO; and 6 December–Municipal Hall, Tago, Surigao del Sur hosted by  LGU-Tago and Surigao del Sur PESO.

Any question about this release? Please call the Bureau of Local Employment at tel. no.  527-2453, or the DOLE Regional Office nearest you (for DOLE-Davao Region Office, tel. no. 227-4289, 226-2481, 227-8772), or visit