Anchored on the theme “Matatag na Manggagawa, Matatag na Bansa”, the Department of Labor and Employment in Caraga region successfully held the 2022 Trabaho, Negosyo & Kabuhayan (TNK) Job and Business Fair in celebration of the May 1, 2022 Labor Day.

With 47 local employers offering 1, 868 job opportunities, and 5 overseas recruitment agencies with 5, 862 job vacancies, 520 job seekers flocked to join the event.

In his welcome remarks, Butuan City Mayor Hon. Ronnie Vicente C. Lagnada, through City Administrator Atty. Noel Ephraim R. Antigua, expressed appreciation to the government agencies and private and public establishments working together to secure more livelihood and employment.

DOLE Caraga Regional Director Joffrey M. Suyao also thanked the employers and organizations who made the event possible.

“Daghang salamat sa atong Butuan City government, sa mga igsuon nato sa Regional Coordinating Committee, atong mga partner agencies and establishments, employers ug staff sa pag supporta sa atong Labor Day Job Fair,” RD Suyao said.

RD Suyao read DOLE Secretary Silvestre H. Bello’s Labor Day message, highlighting the department’s commitment to uphold the rights and safeguard the welfare of the Filipino workers.

The event was officially declared open through a ribbon-cutting ceremony led by Atty. Noel Ephraim R. Antigua, on behalf of Butuan City Mayor, Hon. Ronnie Vicente C. Lagnada, together with DOLE Caraga Regional Directory Joffrey M. Suyao, representatives from DOLE attached agencies Regional Coordinating Committee (DOLE-RCC) – National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC), National Conciliation and Mediation Board (NCMB), Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), Professional Regulation Commission (PRC), Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Boards (RTWPB), Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), Employees Compensation Commission (ECC), Occupational Safety and Health Center (OSHC) and National Reintegration Center for OFWs (NRCO), and partner agencies: Public Employment Services (PESO), Technical Education Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Department of Tourism (DoT), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Home Development Mutual Fund (HDMF) Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PHIC) and Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).

The RCC and partner agencies also offered their one-stop-shop advisory and other frontline services. DOLE Caraga’s assisted livelihood projects: Juvelyn Laguesma’s Angel’s Pork Chicharon, Manapa Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Community Cooperative’s (MARBCC) Lumpia products & Ivy Cristy Flores’ Bagoong Alamang were also showcased to encourage self-employed workers to venture into business as an income augmentation strategy.