By Marita Moaje

MEGA JOB FAIR. Job seekers aspiring to work abroad troop to the Mega Job Fair organized by the Department of Migrant Workers at the Robinsons Galleria in Ortigas on Wednesday (June 12, 2024). The event is in line with the 126th Philippine Independence Day celebration. (Photo courtesy of the DMW)

MANILA – People seeking to work abroad have flocked to the Mega Job Fair organized by the Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) on Wednesday in line with the 126th celebration of Philippine Independence Day.

The DMW said a total of 23 land-based and sea-based recruitment agencies participated in the event offering 7,216 approved job orders overseas at the Robinsons Galleria Ortigas in Quezon City.

It said the Independence Day jobs fair aims to provide a venue for Filipino overseas job seekers to access legitimate recruitment agencies.

As of 1:26 p.m., the DMW said about 1,067 job seekers have registered and submitted their applications.

“Twenty-three licensed recruitment agencies are participating with job offers in healthcare, engineering and construction, hospitality, farming, managerial positions, and other fields. Overseas job seekers are urged to seize the opportunity to submit their applications before the Jobs Fair ends at 4:00 pm,” the DMW said.

Among the overseas jobs being offered include housekeeping attendants, baristas, beauticians, cooks, fitters, auto mechanics, welders, waiters, civil engineers, staff nurses, and sous chefs, among others.

Destination countries include Australia, Bahrain, Brunei, Croatia, Germany, Hungary, Japan, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, New Zealand, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Slovakia, Thailand, and the United States.

Meanwhile, DMW also offered free legal assistance and welfare support services to overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and their families at its Mega Overseas Jobs Fair.

In his Independence Day message, Migrant Workers Secretary Hans Leo Cacdac recognized the immense sacrifices of OFWs around the world, dubbed the country’s modern-day heroes, for their families and their contribution to the Philippine economy.

“As our modern-day heroes, you brave new cultures, overcome challenges and diligently contribute to the economies of your host countries. Through your hard work and resilience, you uplift your families and showcase Philippine excellence on the global stage,” Cacdac said.

In response, he said the DMW commits to providing OFWs the protection, support, and services they deserve.

“We strive to ensure your well-being, protect your rights, and empower you to reach your full potential as equal partners in national economic development,” Cacdac said. (PNA)