More than 8,000 vacancies are available at the government’s first tourism job fair in Manila, Cebu and Davao, the Department of Tourism (DOT) announced on Thursday.
The organization of the Trabaho, Turismo, Asenso job fair, organized jointly by the DOT and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), responded to the call for assistance from tourism stakeholders in the face of the difficulties to rehire employees displaced during the pandemic.
“As of July, one of the concerns raised by our tourism employers is the challenge of recovering their former staff, particularly in the accommodation sector. This is why we have partnered on the first tourism job fair in the Philippines,” Assistant Secretary for Tourism Maria Rica Bueno said during the opening of the fair at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay.
The job fair, where a total of 8,304 positions are available, will be held September 22-23 in Cebu and Davao, and September 22-24 in Manila.
Some 157 employers of accommodation establishments, travel and tour services, facilities and organizers of meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions (MICE), tourist transport operators, health and wellness services, catering services and other tourism-related establishments also joined the event. .
Based on the latest DOLE data, at least 6,236 have registered so far, with a total of 2,124 candidates marked as “nearly hired” as of 4 p.m. Applicants can register or choose to show up during the series of job fairs, the DOT said. .
Bueno, meanwhile, clarified that it will be a series of job fairs, with the next one scheduled for the first quarter of 2023.
In a video message, Tourism Secretary Christina Frasco, who is in New York as part of the Philippine delegation led by President Ferdinand Marcos Jr., hoped the move would pave the way for the rapid recovery of Philippine tourism.
“We are determined to deliver on our President Bongbong Marcos’ goal for tourism to herald the Philippine brand, one that will instill pride and love in the country. And it is you, our tourism workers and stakeholders, who are the best representation of the Filipino brand,” she said.
“[T]Today, we offer you the opportunity to continue to be our partners as we recover from all the challenges we have faced. Everything we do at the Ministry of Tourism is aimed at ensuring that we put our tourism stakeholders at the forefront of our agenda,” she added. (NAP)