CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga—At least 10,362 overseas and local careers will be up for grabs during the 2017 Labor Day Job and Business Fairs in different parts of Central Luzon, based on a release made by the Philippine Information Agency.
“Around 7,575 job vacancies for local employment will be offered from 143 participating companies from various industries. We are also expecting around 2,787 job vacancies for overseas employment from 24 private recruitment agencies, as processed by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration,” said Ana Dione, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) director in Central Luzon. “The vacancies are preliminary figures submitted by the DOLE Field Offices in coordination with the Public Employment Service Offices in the region. They are expected to rise in the days to come.”
Carrying the theme “Matatag na Kabuhayan at Trabaho Tungo sa Progresibong Pagbabago”, the Labor Day Job and Business Fairs on May 1 shall simultaneously be held in SM Baliuag, SM Pampanga, SM Clark, and SM San Fernando Downtown.
Also in Metro Town Mall in Tarlac City, Freedom Park Capitol Grounds in Cabanatuan City and Ayala Harbor Point Mall in Subic Bay Freeport Zone.
A similar activity will, likewise, be held on May 5 at Vista Mall Bataan.
These regional job and business fairs adopted the Trabaho, Negosyo, Kabuhayan (TNK) concept of the DOLE and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).
“TNK aims to achieve full employment and creation of jobs in key employment generators [KEGs] specifically in the manufacturing, agri-business, construction, tourism, IT-BPM, transportation and logistics, and retail and trade,” Dione said.
“The Job and Business Fairs are expected to increase the rate of applicants hired in KEGs; apprise and advocate job seekers to consider entrepreneurial and business opportunities; and build strong partnerships among concerned agencies, such as the DOLE, the DTI, local government units and stakeholders from the private sector,” she said.
The Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board 3 has issued Wage Order RBIII-20, which provides a P16 increase in the daily minimum wage for private-sector workers in Central Luzon effective May 1.
The order states,“The Board deemed it best to increase the minimum wage at a reasonable and equitable level in light of the regional poverty threshold level vis-à-vis average wage, along the need to promote performance-based incentive schemes under the Two-Tiered Wage System.”
As such, new minimum wage for the provinces of Bataan, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Tarlac, and Zambales will be P380 for non-agriculture establishments with total assets of P30 million or more, P373 for non-agriculture establishments with total assets of less than P30 million, P350 for agriculture plantation, P334 for agriculture non-plantation, P369 for retail/service with 16 or more workers, and P355 for retail/service with less than 16 workers.
The new minimum wage for the province of Aurora is P329 for non-agriculture, P314 for agriculture plantation, P302 for agriculture non-plantation, and P264 for retail/service with less than 16 workers.