Tourism Secretary Christina Garcia Frasco said there would be more than 1,500 job vacancies during the initial leg of the "Trabaho, Turismo, Asenso! Philippine Tourism Job Fair" on September 22 to 24.
"The agreement we are formalizing today by way of a memorandum of understanding Between the Department of Tourism and the Department of Labor and Employment is essential, responsive and proactive to the tourism employment sector," said Secretary Frasco.
Frasco also expresses her gratitude to DOLE Secretary Bienvenido Laguesma for collaborating with the DOT to open up employment and livelihood opportunities for Filipinos in the tourism industry.
"Through this MOU between the DOT and DOLE, we will jointly conduct job fairs to fill in the gaps caused by job lost due the pandemic on one, and on the other the need to fill up essential job vacancies of the gradually recovering tourism industry."
As of August 30, the DOT surveyed that there would be a total of 1,538 vacancies, 1,273 of which are full-time job posts and 265 part-time openings from the 293 establishments.
The DOT and DOLE shall simultaneously launch the job fair in three different cities across the country.
The Manila leg of the fair job series will run from September 22 to 24 at the SMX Convention Center Manila, in Pasay City, while the Cebu and Davao legs are scheduled to happen from September 22 to 23, at the SM City Cebu and Abreeza Mall in Davao City, respectively.
Companies who wish to join the job fair may coordinate with their concerned DOT Regional Offices. Likewise, interested applicants and job hunters may coordinate with the DOT's regional offices or with Ms. Cassandra Camonggol of the DOT Office of Industry Manpower Development (OIMD) at the email address [email protected] for further information on the event.
The Manila leg of "Trabaho, Turismo, Asenso! National Tourism Jobs Fair" will be concurrently staged at the SM Convention Center with the Hotels Supplier Show, after Global-Link MP, one of the private sector partners of the DOT and DOLE, allotted 50 booths for the job fair at no cost.
"With the collaborative spirit of the national government, the local government units, and the private sector, the DOT is optimistic that the Philippines can claim its position on the global stage, jobs will be regained, and tourism-related enterprises will bounce back stronger than ever, sooner rather than later, " Secretary Frasco added.