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For the first time in two years, the Department of Labor and Employment Batangas Provincial Office (DOLE BPO) in cooperation with the Public Employment and Safety Office (PESO) Sto. Tomas conducted a face-to-face Labor Day Job Fair at St. Thomas Gymnasium, City of Sto. Tomas, Batangas last May 1.

With over 6,000 job vacancies available, 495 applicants flocked to the venue intending to seek new employment opportunities in and outside of the province.

Although experiencing a musculoskeletal disorder in his leg, 25-year-old Mark Christian Mabilangan from San Joaquin, City of Sto. Tomas enthusiastically applied to vacancies relating to his engineering degree.

“Ngayon, I’m eager to have experience kasi three years unemployed na ako,” Mabilangan uttered.


Fellow Tomasian, 26-year-old experienced teacher Grace Landig also hopes for positive feedback from employers of manufacturing companies she applied to after being retrenched as a teacher during the height of the pandemic.

“Ito na po kasi yung opportunity na dapat ay puntahan lalo na’t sila nayung naghahanap din ng mga employees…Kasi po kapag dito, direct yung marami tapos may chance talaga na ma-hire ka or matawag ka. Hindi hassle,” she remarked.

Aside from local opportunities, the job fair also featured overseas employment vacancies.

With hopes of landing a new job in the hospitality industry abroad, 23-year-old Jan Jester Carpio traveled from Tanauan City to the venue upon learning about the job fair.


“Dahil nga sa hirap ng buhay dito sa’tin, mababang sweldo tapos tumataas yung bilihin, kaya nagustuhan namin, kahit ako po ay sinubukan na makapag-apply sa cruise ship…Napakagaling po ng PESO Sto Tomas at tsaka at the same time yung DOLE natin kasi talagang active sila ngayon kung saan nagbibigay ng opportunity o pag-asa sa kapwa ko empleyado na naghahangad na makapag-apply at makapagtrabaho hindi lang abroad kundi local din,” he shared.

While securing a new job seems to be a struggle for applicants, Kath Bautista, Admin and Human Resource GA of a manufacturing company shared that hiring specialists, like them, also face the challenge of finding applicants, especially in these trying times.

“The job fair, 80 percent s’yang makakatulong sa atin kasi andito na rin, inilapit na natin yung company sa mga tao…Actually, napakahirap po ngayong maghanap ng aplikante. Maraming aplikante pero yung drive for them tsaka yung kanilang pagiging pursigido. Kasi minsan iniisip nila mag-aaply lang, kapag hindi nila nagustuhan, aalis. So, kaya mahirap,” she revealed.

A total of 32 companies offering local employment positions and five agencies opening overseas vacancies joined the labor day job fair.

After undergoing a thorough screening, 137 applicants secured their new job after being hired on the spot (HOTS) by their preferred companies.

Meanwhile, DOLE BPO Director Predelma Tan together with the City of Sto.Tomas Vice Mayor Armenius Silva shared their messages to the jobseekers and partner companies as they graced the event.

During his visit, DOLE CALABARZON Regional Director Exequiel Ronie Guzman monitored the conduct of the job fair in the City of Sto. Tomas.

The mentioned event is one of the efforts of DOLE Batangas to provide decent jobs for every Batangueño.



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DOLE Batangas Provincial Office

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