Massive Success: 20 SM Malls Host Job Fair With 873 Companies and 14,956 Job Seekers

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DOLE holds biggest Job Fair at SMX, President BBM in attendance with government officials and SM executives.
(Standing L-R) DOLE ASec Warren Miclat, DOLE ASec Lennard Serrano, DOLE ASec Paul Vincent Añover, DOLE USec Ciriaco Lagunzad III, DOLE USec Carmela Torres, DOLE USec Benjo Santos Benavidez, Hon. Juan Fidel Felipe F. Nograles – Chairperson of the House Committee on Labor and Employment, SM Supermalls President Steven Tan, SMIC Vice Chairperson Tessie Sy-Coson, PCO Secretary Cheloy Velicaria-Garafil, DOLE USec Benedicto Bitonio Jr.,TESDA Dir Gen Danilo Cruz, DOLE USec Felipe Egargo, PEZA Director General Panga, TESDA Deputy Director General Aniceto Bertiz, and TESDA Deputy Director General Vidal Villanueva.
(Seated: L-R), DOTR Sec. Jaime Bautista, DSWD Sec. Rex Gatchalian, DOLE Sec. Bienvenido Laguesma, President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr., DTI Sec. Alfredo Pascual, DOT Sec. Christina Frasco, and Secretary for Human Settlements Jerry Acuzar

SM Supermalls recently had the biggest job fair held at the SMX Convention Center in Manila in partnership with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on Apr. 30 and in 20 malls on Labor Day, May 1. 

Labor and Employment Secretary Bienvenido Laguesma with SM Supermalls SVP for Operations Bien Mateo during the MOA signing
Starting with Labor Day 2023 on May 1 onwards, the Department of Labor and Employment and SM Supermalls will hold DOLE Job Fairs in 20 SM malls. Signing the agreement are (from left) BLE Director Partick Patriwirawan Jr., DOLE Asec. Lennard Serrano, DOLE Asec. Paul Vincent Añover, DOLE Usec. Carmela Torres, SM Supermalls SVP for Operations Bien Mateo, DOLE Secretary Bienvenido Laguesma, SM Supermalls VP for HR Cheryll Agsaoay, SM Supermalls SVP for Marketing Joaquin San Agustin, SM SAVP for Mall Operations Queenie Rodulfo, and SM AVP for HR Joseph Rodriguez.

With 873 companies participating, 14,956 job seekers registered, and 1,367 individuals hired on the spot, the events provided an excellent opportunity for job seekers to connect with potential employers.

The job fairs are SM Supermalls’ support to the government to provide employment opportunities for job seekers, as well as to reduce unemployment in the country.

SM CITY GRAND CENTRAL (L-R) With Director Patrick Patriwirawan Jr, SMGC MM Christian Umali, HR AVP – Jay Rodriguez, DOLE secretary Bienvenido Laguesma, SMGC HRM – Ehla VIto, DOLE Regional Director-NCR, Atty Sarah Mirasol, USEC Benjo Benavidez, USEC Atty. Felipe Egargo Jr.
Baguio City Mayor Benjie Magalong with Mall Leaders Assistant Mall Manager Jason Peña and Peter Julian, CRS Manager, HR Regional Manager Irene Peralta and HR Manager Ruel Ramirez
SM CITY MARILAO Signaling the opening of Job Fair at SM City Marilao were (L-R) SM City Marilao Mall Manager Engr. Emmanuel Gatmaitan, Marilao Councilor Allane Sayo, Marilao Vice Mayor Jun ‘Bob’ Dela Cruz, Provincial Director of DOLE Bulacan Field Office May Lynn Gozun and Bulacan Governor Representative Atty. Nikki Manuel Coronel. 
SM CITY MARILAO First batch of Hired-on-the-spot applicants at the Labor Day Job Fair event in SM City Marilao. A total of 198 applicants were Hired on the spot.
SM CITY CABANATUAN (L-R) TESDA Provincial Director Elpidio Mamaril, DTI Provincial Director Richard Simangan, Provincial PESO Manager Maria Luisa Pangilinan, Board Member Erick Salazar, Board Member Ariel Matias, Vice Governor Anthony Matias Umali and Michelle Charlene Chua Assistant Mall Manager SMCT.
SM CITY TUGUEGARAO (L to R)  Ms. Kristine Iris V. Ceballos, Tuguegarao City Mayor Maila Ting Que, DOLE Director Jesus Elpidio Atal, MD Vice Chair Dr. Lourdes Narciso, DOLE Asst. Director Atty. Nepomuceno Leano II, and Mr. Romel S. Uy, joined the ribbon-cutting ceremony of the opening of the Job Fair at SM City Tuguegarao on Labor’s Day Celebration.
SM CITY OLONGAPO CENTRAL All smiles after the successful conduct of May 1 Labor Day Job Fair at SM City Olongapo Central, (from L-R) Reynante N. Lugtu, Provincial Director, DOLE-PFO Zambales, SM City Olongapo Central HR Manager Rodora M. Lo, Public Employment Service Office (PESO) Local Recruitment Officer Susan C. Sagcal, Olongapo City Mayor Rolen C. Paulino, Jr. and SM City Olongapo Central Mall Manager Engr. Ariel I. Ferrer.
SM CITY DAVAO SMCD JOB FAIR-DOLE XI Regional Director Atty. Randolf Pensoy giving SMCD Mall Manager Lester Tantoco token of appreciation 

As the official venue of DOLE for job fairs nationwide, the 20 SM malls who participated are SM Grand Central, SM Southmall, SM BF Paranaque, SM Sucat, SM Baguio, SM Marilao,  SM Pampanga, SM Olongapo Central, SM Tuguegarao, SM Cabanatuan, SM CDO Downtown Premier, SM Davao, and SM San Jose del Monte.

LGUs and PESO also held Job Fairs on May 1 at SM Marikina, SM Lipa , SM Roxas City, SM Puerto Princesa, and SM City Novaliches.

For those who missed the May 1 event, there are upcoming Job Fairs still open to job seekers, including fresh graduates, returning overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), and those who have been displaced from their jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic at SM City Bacolod on May 5 and 6 and SM Cherry Antipolo on May 12.

A bigger DOLE Job Fair is expected on June 12 in more SM Malls nationwide.

For more information and updates, check out or follow @SMSupermalls on social media.



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