FORUM. The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in Negros Occidental gathers participating local firms in a forum on Thursday (June 9, 2022) before the June 12 "Kalayaan Trabaho, Negosyo, Kabuhayan" job and business fair. As of Friday (June 10) over 6,000 vacancies are available for job seekers. (Photo courtesy of DOLE Negros Occidental)

ILOILO CITY – Around 6, 152 local and overseas jobs are available during the "Kalayaan Trabaho, Negosyo, Kabuhayan" job and business fair on June 12 at the SM City in Bacolod City.

Simultaneous with the job fair is the skills training and basic entrepreneurship seminar that will be conducted by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

“Should a job seeker is not fortunate enough, then probably they can become entrepreneur in the future. So we will give them orientation through the help of DTI,” said Department of Labor and Employment Negros Occidental Field Office (DOLE NOFO) provincial head Mary Agnes N. Capigon, in an interview on Friday.

Capigon said that most of the local vacancies are from business process outsourcing (BPO) firms ranging from customer service representatives, loan officers, and technical support representatives; and skilled workers.

Other employers are also looking for pharmacy assistants and staff nurses.

Overseas there are vacancies for household work, cashiers, nurses, laborers, and skilled workers such as butchers, electricians, and carpentry.

The skills training will focus on bamboo weaving as part of DTI’s efforts of promoting the bamboo industry, particularly in Negros Occidental where they have projects.

“We have 30 participants from LGUs (local government units) who are also interested to train in bamboo weaving. Some of those participants are parents of our child laborers,” she added.

The basic entrepreneurship seminar is open to a hundred graduates from tertiary schools in the province.

The one-day activity will start with a caravan from the national government center going to the venue and then be followed by a thanksgiving mass.

Other job seekers may also apply online through the

Before the June 12 activity, DOLE NOFO had conducted an employers forum participated in by 35 local firms that will be joining the job fair. (PNA)