ZAMBOANGA CITY– The COVID-19 pandemic has not hindered the Department of Labor and Employment in Zamboanga Peninsula Region in celebrating the 119th Labor Day on May 1, 2021 with the theme “Mayo Uno sa bagong panahon – Manggagawa at Mamamayan, Babangon, Susulong”.

The celebration kick started with a motorcade from the downtown Zamboanga area en route to Zamboanga Economic Zone Authority. Participants from DOLE and its family of agencies donned the Labor Day tarpaulins on their vehicles to drumbeat the event.

The Labor Day Opening Program which was held at KCC Mall de Zamboanga and telecast via FB Live was filled with activities to honor the workforce and frontliners. Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III despite not being present physically was able to address the workforce through his video message.

Zamboanga City Mayor Isabelle “Beng” Climaco Salazar, Commissioner Jose Suan of NWPC, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles, Senators Christopher Bong Go, Ronald Bato dela Rosa, Cynthia Villar, Imee Marcos and Sonny Angara delivered messages of support and greetings.

To maintain industrial peace and the harmonious relationship between labor and management in the peninsula, representatives from both sectors renewed the Social Accord for Industrial Peace, Harmony and Stability which in the presence of Mayor Climaco and DOLE.

Under the leadership of RD Buenafe, Project HOPE Agricultural Cooperative inked a Memorandum of Agreement with its first Adopt-A-Farm-Project client, Century Pacific Foods Incorporated, represented by George Leander Q. Wang III, VP for Human Resources & Corporate Affairs.

Three LGUs of the BARMM also received checks for TUPAD Implementation: LGU Luuk, received Php 27.2 M, LGU Patikul received Php4.9 M and LGU Panglima Estino received Php 14.8 M.

To raise public awareness on DOLE’s Programs and Services, DOLE 9 launched 2 infomercials on DO 174 and SPES.

Anchored on the Trabaho, Negosyo, Kabuhayan at Kasanayan concept, DOLE 9 held the blended Labor Day Job Fair at the KCC Mall de Zamboanga where a total of 14 local and 7 overseas participating employers offered 2867 local and 6892 overseas jobs. To adhere to the local IATF guidelines, the job fair was conducted differently this year.

Applicants were asked to shop for available jobs through DOLE 9’s website and official Facebook Page and apply via JobStreet. Those who missed the online application, dropped their requirements in drop boxes at the job fair venue. For the virtual job fair, 747 applicants registered, 235 were qualified. 84 were near hires and 42 were hired on the spot.

TESDA 9 conducted the virtual sessions on training to 39 applicants for work scholarship programs and online skills demonstration via Zoom with a total of 84 participants.

DTI 9 also offered consultancy and entrepreneurial services for MSMEs.

RTWPB 9 launched the in-store and virtual Diskwento Fair with 6 large establishments. END