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Labor day activities put on hold


Cebu City, Philippines. The usual activities that the Department of Labor and Employment organizes each Labor Day celebration will not be happening for the meantime this year.

The conduct of simultaneous job fairs Region-Wide, being one of the major highlights of the celebration, is being suspended due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases particularly in the cities of Mandaue, Lapulapu and Cebu.

“Actually, we have been planning out early on for the 2020 Labor Day celebration but everything has to be halted due to the pandemic. For jobseekers and other aspirants looking for job, they have to wait until things will return to normalcy again or we will be exposing ourselves to a lot of risks,” said DOLE-7 Regional Director Salome O. Siaton.

In a statement, Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III said that mass gatherings, which include onsite job fairs, remain prohibited in areas under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ). The same rule is encouraged in areas under general community quarantine (GCQ), or areas which have more relaxed quarantine measures compared to locations under ECQ.

Director Siaton said the DOLE has a regular budget for job fairs under the DOLE-7’s Employment Facilitation Program and added, “We will be ready to implement the usual conduct of Job Fairs once this crisis is over and by then, we will be able to encourage again more takers or employers actively participating in those initiatives.”

She, instead, urged jobseekers to take advantage of the PhilJobNet, which is an automated job and applicant matching system aiming to fast-track jobseekers search for jobs and employers search for manpower. It can be accessed thru

With PhilJobNet, jobseekers may submit his/her own application; search job opportunities; run job matching process; and get list of vacancies and corresponding Employers' contact information.

Employers, on the other hand, may post vacancies for free; search job applicants; run job matching process; and get list of applicants and corresponding contact information.

The DOLE-7 Head also laid out the list of proposed priority programs, projects and activities that will be focused on by the Region and its Field Offices after the ECQ, namely: (1) Enhancing the employability of workers and competitiveness of MSMEs; (2) Ensuring protection of workers’ rights and maintenance of industrial peace; and (3) Strengthening social protection for vulnerable workers.






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