Koronadal City- With the theme, “Mayo Uno sa Bagong Panahon-Manggagawa at Mamayan Babangon Susulong,” the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) 12 held the online Labor Day Trabaho Negosyo Kabuhayan (TNK) Job and Business Fair in this city, on 01 May 2021.

As of twelve noon (12PM), the said online employment facilitation powered by WorkBank generated a total of three thousand eight hundred sixty-nine (3,869) jobseekers and posted one thousand two hundred seventy-nine (1,279) qualified applicants.

Of the total applicants, forty-eight (48) were near hire, twenty-eight (28) referred to Technical Skills and Development Authority (TESDA) for skills training, and thirty-two (32) in the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) for business opportunities.

On the same day, DOLE 12 facilitated the conduct of Symbolic Vaccination Roll-out to selected priority A4 (frontline personnel in essential sectors, including uniformed personnel) at the Notre Dame of Marbel University Gymnasium. The symbolic vaccination is in reference to the National Task force Against COVID-19 (NTFAC) memorandum issued on 29 April 2021 directing the DOLE and the Department of Health (DOH) to provide free vaccines to at least ten (10) A4 workers in the regional offices.

“Malipayon ko kag gapasalamat sa DOLE sa free vaccines laban sa COVID-19 kay makahatag ini proteksiyon sa amon habang gatrabaho kag gaserbisyo sa commuters,” said Realine Blingco, a lady conductor in one of the bus companies in the region.

(I am really happy and thankful for the free vaccines provided by DOLE. This will ensure health protection while I continue working and serving the commuting public.)

“This Labor Day seems to be challenging for both the public servants and the workers who continue to fight the effects of pandemic. But the Department assures our labor force that livelihood, employment assistance, and health protection is in placed for the benefit of economic generators, the Filipino workers,” said DOLE 12 Regional Director Raymundo Agravante. End/CDGamboa