The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) are set to conduct nationwide jobs and business fairs dubbed as Trabaho, Negosyo at Kabuhayaan (TNK)–Kalayaan Edition on Independence Day, 12 June.

In support of the commemoration of the 119th year of Philippine Independence with the theme “Pagbabagong Sama-Samang Balikatin”, DTI will organize entrepreneurship training/seminars and set-up Negosyo Center desks, while DOLE will organize job fairs.

Jointly with DTI, DOLE will also organize the Kabuhayan Livelihood Fair to promote products of micro enterprises.

“The conduct of the TNK Jobs and Business Fairs is part of the government’s initiative to promote employment and entrepreneurship for our people. As we celebrate Independence Day, our modern day call is to set our citizens free from poverty, free from usurious interest rates and free from unemployment or underemployment,” said DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez, adding that job creation is one of the agency’s principal goals.

In December 2016, DTI and DOLE initiated the government’s Blueprint for Decent Employment and Entrepreneurship, which was crafted by different government agencies, members of the academe and the private sector.

Said Blueprint carries specific targets including full employment, a 5% unemployment rate and 7.5 million jobs by 2022 mainly in the Key Employment Generating Sectors (KEGS) such as manufacturing, agri-fishery, Information Technology-Business Process Management (IT-BPM), tourism, retail trade and construction. Investments in said sectors are promoted by DTI.

In his first State of the Nation Address, President Rodrigo Duterte said that when employment is not an option, for instance in extremely rural neighborhoods, entrepreneurship will be advocated.

DTI and DOLE, together with the local government units and other stakeholders from the academe, industry, labor, and civil society organizations, will sign the declaration of commitment entitled Freedom from Poverty to signify support and action, as well as to achieve the targets embodied in the Blueprint for Decent Employment and Entrepreneurship.

Below is the schedule of TNK Jobs and Business Fairs.

CB Mall UrdanetaNepo Mall Dagupan, PangasinanCandon Civic Center, Candon City, Ilocos SurManna Mall, San Fernando City, La Union​

CARJune 10-12SM Baguio & Porta Vaga Parking Lot
R 1June 12CB Mall Urdaneta
Nepo Mall Dagupan, Pangasinan
Candon Civic Center, Candon City, Ilocos Sur
Manna Mall, San Fernando City, La Union
June 13Estrella Gym, Rosales, Pangasinan
R 2June 11-12Cagayan State University Gymnasium – Caritan Campus Tuguegarao City
R 3June 12Malolos Convention Center, Bulacan
R 4AJune 12Binangonan Auditorium, Rizal
R 4BJune 12-13San Jose, Occ Mindoro
June 20-22Boac, Marinduque
June 22-23Puerto Princesa, Palawan
R 5June 12Daet Agri Sports Center, Camarines Norte
R 6June 11-12Marty Mart Mall, Iloilo City
R 7June 12Cebu City Sports Center
R 8June 12-13Tacloban City Astrodome
Seminars: Leyte’s 1st Congressional District Rep. Office
R 10June 13-16Entrepreneurship Sessions for OFWs at OWWA Office, Cagayan de Oro City
R 11June 12City Hall Atrium, Tagum City
R 12June 12-13SM City, General Santos City
CARAGAJune 12-14Naligayan Grounds, Patinay, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur
Butuan City Capitol Grounds, Butuan City
NCROJune 11-12NHCP Conference Rm.