DOLE, DTI to hold jobs and biz fair

THE Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in coordination with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Central Visayas will hold a jobs and business opportunities fair this June 12, Independence Day.

Dubbed as the Trabaho, Negosyo, Kabuhayan (TNK) program it will offer employment options or business support to jobseekers and potential entrepreneurs.

The jobs and business fair will be held at the Cebu City Sports Center to be done simultaneously with the Cebu City’s Department of Manpower Development and Placement (DMDP) local and overseas job fair.

“Dubbed as Jobs and Business Fairs (JBF) and a concept taking shape from the administration’s goal of decent work and economic growth, TNK targets to achieve full employment by creating more jobs in key employment generating sectors,” said Dole 7 in a statement.

The key employment generating sectors include manufacturing; agri-business; construction; tourism; IT-BPM; transportation and logistics; and retail and trade.

Last December 2016, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, together with the Dole’s social partners, signed the TNK Blueprint for Decent Employment and Entrepreneurship 2017-2022, where all national and local job fairs will adopt the employment and business opportunity model.

This initiative is part of the fulfillment of the government’s Ambisyon 2040 and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The TNK, according to Dole 7 Director Elias Cayanong, will not only provide more access to job opportunities, but also promote a culture of entrepreneurship at the grassroots level by way of providing the clients employment and business coaching activities.

The upcoming TNK in Cebu City will offer job fair and employment coaching to raise awareness on basic labor rights under the Trabaho segment; advocacy for entrepreneurship, business opportunities, government support and assistance in starting a business, as well as small and medium enterprises (SMEs) support and assistance through business advisory and counseling under the DTI’s Negosyo Center program.

Meanwhile, the Kabuhayan segment will promote advocacies on livelihood programs and provision of training and starter kits.

“The Dole will be conducting group and one-on-one coaching on the department’s livelihood or kabuhayan program. We will promote wage employment and self-employment,” said Cayanong.

“We urge the jobseekers, fresh graduates, and the general public to take advantage of the TNK on June 12. For those who might not be fortunate enough to land a job, then they will be encouraged to explore and consider entrepreneurial and business opportunities,” concluded the Dole official.
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