The two-day Trabaho, Negosyo, Kabuhayan Job and Business Fair held on May 1-2, 2018 in Santiago City drew a throng of buyers.

Featuring various activities such as job fair, trade fair, diskwento caravan and seminars on entrepreneurship, the TNK caravan, conducted jointly by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in partnership with the Local Government Units, aimed to provide jobs and promote entrepreneurship at the grassroots level.

The job fair that was spearheaded by the DOLE R02 was participated in by 468 job applicants, 74 of whom were hired on the spot.

Meanwhile, 17 exhibitors who participated in the two-day trade fair held in Balay na Santiago, Santiago City generated P 69,290.11 sales. The trade fair showcased the products of DTI-assisted MSMEs and DOLE-assisted livelihood projects. Three companies namely Savemore, Mega Global Corporation and Marikina Shoe Exchange also joined the diskwento caravan that generated P43,170.95.  These two activities were organized by the DTI R02.

Simultaneous with the trade fair and diskwento caravan, entrepreneurial seminars aimed to improve business management skills and to boost business opportunities drew some 167 potential and existing MSMEs consisting of OFWs and women entrepreneurs, among others.

Hon. Joseph S. Tan, City Mayor of Santiago City, Santiago City Councilors, Atty. Sarah Buena S. Mirasol, DOLE 02 OIC Regional Director and Mr. Ruben B. Diciano, DTI 02 OIC Regional Director graced the opening ceremonies. In his message, Mayor Tan thanked DTI and DOLE for choosing Santiago City as the venue for the TNK Job and Business Fair and encouraged the MSMEs to level up their products to compete in domestic and international markets.

This year’s Labor Day celebration was themed “Pagpupugay sa Manggagawang Pilipino: Dangal ng lahi, kabalikat sa progresibong pagbabago!” The TNK Job and Business Fair was staged simultaneously in all regions across the country.