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If applicants and employers cannot make it to the traditional Labor Day job fair with the restrictions under a Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine, DOLE Laguna will bring the job fair straight to their respective homes and offices using an online platform.

DOLE IV-A Regional Director Exequiel Ronie A. Guzman encouraged DOLE Provincial Offices to be innovative in the implementation of programs and activities to ensure compliance with health and safety measures. 

It is on this premise that DOLE Laguna Provincial Office in partnership with Laguna Public Employment Service Office launched the Online Labor Day Job Fair with several participating companies intending to fill 2,421 vacancies. With the PESO Laguna Employment Information System (PLEIS), the recruitment process was made easier facilitating registration of employers and applicants. Participants can have direct access to the database whether it is an HR officer looking for hires or an unemployed searching for vacant jobs.

While some are reluctant about finding a job during the Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine, some are hopeful in finding ways to channel the ever dynamic and adaptive spirit of Lagunenses in order to thrive. Physical movement might have been limited but not the ability to explore unlimited opportunities in the cyber space. Without a doubt, telecommuting has transformed the playing field when it comes to work environment. 

Imagine all it took for Daryl Ilagan is a mobile phone to be hired on the spot on his first try to apply for a job after high school graduation. According to him, the process only lasted for one to two hours which is quite elating for a fresh graduate who took his chances for the very first time. He is now busy preparing his pre-employment documentary requirements to be able to start the soonest possible time. 

DOLE Laguna Provincial Director Guido R. Recio gladly welcomed the turnout of the activity. There were 75 applicants hired right away while there were 274 near-hired among 349 qualified registrants. All in all, 894 applicants registered with companies for available job opportunities.


Around 17 companies participated in the activity coming from various industries such as business process management, electronics, food and beverages, retail and wholesale, distributorship, and contracting/subcontracting.


There were technical challenges encountered along the way which was taken by the organizers as an opportunity for improvement. Since some registered applicants were not able access Zoom, perhaps due to the overwhelming number, the job fair was extended for two more days. Participants were given a specific set of instructions on how to get into the virtual job fair.


At the forefront of this innovative activity happens to be Ms. Daisy G. Ramos, DOLE Laguna’s Employment Focal, and Ms. Mary Jane B. Corcuera, Laguna PESO Officer. It was a successful collaboration that has brought about a meaningful Labor Day celebration for employers who got vacancies filled and unemployed locals who landed jobs.


With the DOLE Laguna and the Laguna PESO virtually knocking on doors to bring the labor market closer to its stakeholders, it is up to the employers and the applicants to seize the opportunity at once.  



Rudyboy R. Sinay


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