Trabaho, Negosyo, at Kabuhayan Jobs and Business Fair in Binangonan, Rizal

The Department of Trade and Industry Region IV-A, in partnership with the Department of Labor and Employment Region IV-A and the convergence of regional line agencies such as the Department of Science and Technology, Department of Agriculture, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, and the Department of Social Welfare and Development, conducted the Trabaho, Negosyo, at Kabuhayan Jobs and Business Fair on 12 June 2017 at the Casimiro A. Ynares Sr., Binangonan, Rizal in support to the commemoration of the 119th Philippine Independence Day.

“Business and employment go hand in hand. As Filipinos, we have options to have a prosperous life—to have a business or to work,” said DTI CALABARZON Director Marilou Q. Toledo.

According to DTI Regional Operations Group Assistant Secretary Blesila A. Lantayona, in December 2016, DTI and DOLE initiated the crafting of the blueprint for decent entrepreneurship and employment. The blueprint stated the target to achieve full employment at 5% unemployment rate and 7.5 million jobs created by 2022, and one of the ways to reach those goals is the conduct of TNK.

Dubbed as TNK Kalayaan 2017, it is a localized employment and entrepreneurial caravan that aims to: foster the convergence of the different livelihood and entrepreneurship programs among government agencies; adopt the 2017-2022 Livelihood Agenda, which envisions the transition of informal workers and informal economic units to the formal economy cognizant of full respect to the fundamental rights and principles at work; and subscribe to a localized approach to employment generation, deferring to Local Governments, which know best the challenges in their respective areas.

“DTI and DOLE joined forces to set our countrymen free from poverty. Not everyone can work as we have our own set of skills and talents, so they may opt to have their own business and vice versa,” said DOLE CALABARZON Director Ma. Zenaida A. Angara-Campita in her solidarity message.

“Freedom is not just about one’s freedom to speak and act of his/her own accord but also to have the freedom to choose his/her own job and business and to live a life with enough resources. TNK Kalayaan is a very notable program that will help alleviate poverty in our country,” said Binangonan Mayor Cesar M. Ynares in his welcome message.

The event featured the DOLE job fair, which was attended by almost a thousand applicants from all over Rizal, DTI’s free seminars on starting a business, investing in a business, and crafting beads and jewelry, DA’s agribusiness exhibit featuring dragon fruit and organic vegetables, TESDA’s free massage, manicure, and pedicure, and service desks such as DTI business name and Barangay Micro-Business Enterprise Law registration/consultancy, DOLE livelihood program, TESDA program offerings, DA vegetable production opportunities, and DSWD sustainable livelihood program. DTI Kabuhayan Fair was also mounted during the summit, featuring the Samahan ng mga Rizaleño sa Sektor ng Pagkain (SARAP), Rizal Exporters and Manufacturers Association, Inc. (REMAI), TESDA Bread and Pastry Production, and Garments Showcase.

“Congratulations on your new accomplishment. Your quest for excellence is a sign to succeed. We will give our full support and commitment for other programs like TNK,” said Rizal First District Board Member Genato H. Bernardo.