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DOLE, DTI advocate on workers’ rights, entrepreneurship to graduating students, jobseekers


The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Region 6, in close partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), conducted Employment Coaching and Entrepreneurship Advocacies last June 11-12, 2017 at held at Marymart Mall, Iloilo City as part of the 119th Independence Day Job and Business Fairs.


The activity, which was participated by a total of 127 graduating students and jobseekers, focused on providing basic information on the rights of workers in the workplace and guides on starting a business and other entrepreneurial ventures.


The activity is consistent with the Department’s aim to equip new graduates with the right set of skills and knowledge which will enable them to secure decent employment and minimize their risk of drifting into the informal sector with little protection and prospects.


In addition, a strong partnership was also built with DTI to empower these graduates and jobseekers on the benefits of self-employment. Self-employment is a viable option considering that these new graduates have great creativity, lots of energy and untapped talents, although their entrepreneurial skills need to be honed.


DOLE Regional Director Henry John S. Jalbuena addresses the participants of Employment Coaching and Entrepreneurship Advocacy. 


The same was emphasized by DOLE Regional Director Henry John S. Jalbuena when he addressed the applicants.


Jalbuena reiterated the importance of being an empowered worker who knows about his basic rights as well as the opportunities and advantages of self-employment.


He also encouraged the participants to avail of the various programs implemented by the DOLE and DTI.


Aside from the lecture and audio-visual presentations, the participants also listened to testimonies from successful entrepreneurs and they were also given an opportunity to talk to available Labor Laws Compliance Officers (LLCOs) on questions relative to labor standards, employee benefits and related rights.


The Department is positive that activities such as the Employment Coaching and Entrepreneurship Advocacies will result to an empowered labor force and increased employment levels. 

Dir. Caňete
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