DAVAO CITY, April 26 (PIA) — Job seekers in the region will be given opportunities for possible employment in local and overseas companies that will offer 30,893 vacancies in job fairs set on Labor Day.

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE-XI) will lead three simultaneous job fair events at SM City Davao and Gaisano Mall in Davao City and at Gaisano Mall in Tagum City, Davao del Norte, in celebration of Labor Day on May 1.

DOLE-XI regional director Atty. Joffrey Suyao bared that about 2,980 job vacancies from 131 local firms will be opened at the two malls in Davao City, while 17,977 overseas jobs come from 51 companies.

Suyao told the media in a press conference Thursday, April 25 that 750 jobs have been solicited from 25 companies in Tagum City, and that 19,497 vacancies from 15 firms abroad will also be offered in the city.

He said the top five in-demand positions in the local participating companies are technical support representatives, customer service consultant, call center agents, waitress/waiter and online tutors.

The other needed jobs include accounting staff, management trainees, sales associates/representatives, tellers and information technology specialists/computer programmers.

For the work abroad, the top ten in-demand jobs are domestic helpers, household service workers, electricians, technicians, waitress/waiters, receptionists, engineers, masons/carpenters, babysitters and drivers.

Suyao urged job seekers to pre-register on April 26-30 at 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at SM City Davao and Gaisano Mall Davao.

He said the Regional Coordinating Committee comprising of all attached agencies of DOLE in the region will hold a one-stop shop delivery of their respective programs and services during the job fairs.

Ma. Carolina Agdamag, chief of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration Regional Center for Mindanao, said they will put up a POEA desk not only to entertain queries but also to accept applications for the staff nurse positions being offered by the Ministry of Health-Hospital Operation Program (MOH-HOP) of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Agdamag said representatives from the MOH-HOP of KSA are expected to personally administer the application and interview procedures.

She added that the government of Germany will also be needing nurses.

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration will provide free overseas calls for the immediate families of the Overseas Filipino Workers.

Other DOLE-attached agencies such as the Professional Regulation Commission, National Labor Relations Commission, and the National Conciliation and Mediation Board will also be present during the job fairs to extend their respective services.

Suyao said the job fair is one way of addressing the unemployment concern in Davao Region which hit at 6.3 percent as of January 2013, lower than the national figure of 7.1% based on the data from the National Statistics Office.

The same unemployment rate was noted in the same period last year, he bared saying “this just showed that our employment facilitation efforts had no much effect.”

“Maybe because, daghang nawad-an og trabaho mainly because of (Typhoon) Pablo (Maybe because many lost their jobs during Typhoon Pablo,” Suyao enlightened.

The DOLE official also cited the rise of underemployment from the 15% rate last year to 21.1% of the total number of employed persons in the region.

He explained that the underemployed are those with jobs but still need or desire to look for other jobs with higher pay, or who want to render extra hours of work.

Suyao said as of January 2013, Davao Region has an employment rate of 93.7% or 1.855 million of the 1.979 million labor force. (RGA/CLC/PIA-XI)