DOT-DOLE tourism job fair deal to be inked shortly

Department of Tourism Secretary Christina Frasco (PNA photo)

The Department of Tourism (DOT) and the Department pof Labor and Employment will sign on August 31 a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will pave way for the “Trabaho, Turismo, Asenso! National Tourism Jobs Fair” shortly.

The DOT said the event would provide the much-needed push in the revitalization of the tourism industry’s manpower needs derailed by the pandemic. 

The job fair will be launched during the Hotels Supplier Show from September 22 to 24 at the SMX Convention Center Manila, Mall of Asia Complex. It will be a multi-month drive that will end in May 2023. There will also be other initial job fair sites in Metro Manila, Cebu, and Davao.

“We prioritize employment opportunities in the tourism and hospitality sector in response to the severe losses in income and livelihood due to the pandemic, and the present shortage of workforce in the tourism industry,” Tourism Secretary Christina Frasco said.

She stressed that the “Trabaho, Turismo, Asenso Job Fairs will help our fellow Filipinos find jobs while helping the accommodation and services sector address workforce shortages, resulting in the continued recovery of the tourism industry as a whole.”

Based on the draft MOU, the DOT would be tasked to collect relevant job posting information from establishments, ensure the credibility of all participating employers, and, monitor the submission of job fair reportorial requirements of participating establishments.

The DOLE, for its part, would provide appropriate assistance in the conduct of DOT-sponsored job fairs, ensure monitoring and supervision of all such job fairs, and, screen the requirements of all participating entities, among others.

Apart from local jobs, Frasco said career opportunities abroad would also be made available in a separate fair in coordination with the Department of Migrant Workers and DOLE.

Earlier, Thailand’s Minister of Tourism and Sports Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn sought Frasco’s assistance to help Thailand address its shortage of hotel workers.

“Providing tourism employment opportunities in the Philippines and abroad is important because this will help the thousands of Filipino workers and their families who were displaced or repatriated because of the pandemic,” Frasco said.

“For new graduates and others seeking a career in tourism, the job fairs will also open new doors for economic prosperity. The overall goal is to balance the need for services of the accommodation sector with the needs for employment of tourism workers, that would lend stability to the tourism industry,” she explained.