44 companies with 3,480 job orders and more in Zamboanga City 2014 Labor Day Celebration PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 30 April 2014 00:00

If you’re looking for a job, want to change your job, work abroad, look for new opportunities, go into business, buy essential goods at discounted prices, win prizes, and want to know you labor rights, spend your Labor Day off tomorrow, May 1, at the Western Mindanao State University Covered Court. And you might find yourself and your family heading for a good future.

With the theme, “Sa Sipag, Tiyaga, at Talino, Buong Mundo Saludo sa Mangagawang Pilipino!,” the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE)-9 is celebrating this day with meaningful activities to give opportunities and brighter prospects to local people of Zamboanga City. The event is being supported by different local and national government agencies including by the Zamboanga Information Communication Technology (ZICT) a private organization that is pushing the development of the IT industry in our city.

There will be 22 local and multinational companies that will hire people for their companies, and 22 overseas companies that will recruit OFW (0verseas Filipino Workers) for abroad. One distinct advantage of applying in a DOLE-sponsored job fair, the applicants are assured that the companies participating are legitimate and are complying with all labor laws.

Since Zamboanga City is still reeling and recovering from the negative impact of the 2013 September siege, there is a moratorium of agreement of DOLE and local companies that there will be no wage increase in our city this year. This will give time to local companies to recover from their losses last year. This means also no rallies of wage increase in our city, Labor Representative Joe Suan revealed.

During the media briefing yesterday, DOLE Regional Director  Sisinio Cano   explained that his office is conducting a developmental approach in dealing with local companies that are paying employees below minimum wage, not giving employee’s due benefits, and not complying with labor laws.  Disgruntled employees can complaint to his office directly, RD Cano said, so that they can act on it immediately without dragging the case in the court. This was brought out when it was raised that there are still many local companies still paying employees as low as P 80 to P 120 per day and not giving due benefits to their employees.  The daily minimum wage in Zamboanga City is P280 per day.

One of the keynote speakers is Ron Cirujano, the Country Manager of www.elance.com, that recruits freelancers to work for companies on-line. This means one can work at the comfort of one’s home to do a certain task needed or requested by a company. Attend the Labor Day and find out how you can work at home and earn dollars.  

After Labor Day, there will also be a 2-day event at Garden Orchid Hotel where successful entrepreneurs will share their stories how they became millionaires (including a group of young Zamboagueños in their 20’s who earned more than $150,000 in one year).  IdeaSpace Foundation, an organization supported by Manny Pangilinan group of companies, will be here also to accept any viable business ideas they can finance and mentor to make it a reality. Whether one has a business idea, just want to be inspired, or learn the road to success, don’t miss this one. Registration fee is only P450 for this 2-day event. The Labor Day event is free and open to the general public.

By Dante Corteza

James 2:18 “But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.”