582 Jobseekers hired on Labor Day Job Fair says the DOLE Central Luzon
City of San Fernando – On Labor day, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Region 3’s simultaneous Job and Livelihood Fairs held in various areas in Central Luzon was highly participated by jobseekers and employers, says DOLE Regional Director Ramundo G. Agravante.
The job and livelihood fair venues include the SM City Malls in Pampanga, Clark, Baliwag, Marilao, Tarlac, and Olongapo; the Provincial Capital Grounds of Nueva Ecija and Zambales; Camp Aquino in Tarlac; Bataan Peninsula State University in Balanga, Bataan; and Ayala Mall in Olongapo City.
This year’s labor day celebration, anchored on the theme “Pagtutulungan, Pagbabago, Disenteng Trabaho,” was an opportunity for the DOLE to pay homage to the region’s highly competitive workforce as thousands in attendance participated in what is considered the number one job-facilitating event of the year, Agravante added.
In his report to Labor Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz based on the reports submitted by the DOLE Provincial Field Offices to the Regional Office, a total of 14,575 jobseekers comprising the unemployed, newly graduates, displaced workers, and former OFWs attended numerous job and livelihood fairs held all over the region. Meanwhile, 433 companies also participated, of which 355 are for local and 78 are for overseas employment.
Of the total jobseekers registered, 12,851 pressed their luck in looking for jobs for local employment, while the remaining 1,806 are for overseas employment.
Agravante also reported to Baldoz that 582 jobseekers were hired on the spot (HOTS), accounting for 5.6 percent of the 10,360 qualified applicants reported by the DOLE Provincial Field Offices.
Some of the positions that were filled up during the job fairs include call Management Trainees, HR Assistants, Customer Care Representatives, Sales Representatives, Production/Sales Clerks, and encoders for local employment while Administrative Assistants, Waiters/Waitresses, Production Workers, and Factory Workers for overseas employment.
Qualified applicant hopefuls for further interview have lauded the DOLE’s Job and Livelihood Fair according to Nely Punzalan, head of the Technical Support and Services Division for Employment and Welfare.
Jamella Timbol, 24 years old from Sapa Libutad, Angeles City, an applicant of Odyssey Music Store and ACE Hardware, says that she recently quit her call center job in high hopes on landing on a job that fits her course in accountancy.
“Malaking tulong po yung ginagawa ng DOLE at ng PESO sa mga katulad kong aplikante. Sa tulong nila, hindi na kami kailangang gumastos pa ng malaki sa pamasahe para lang makapag pasa kami ng resume sa mga kumpanyang gusto naming aplayan,” says Timbol.
Another qualified applicant Rhonivic Rodriguez, 24 years old of Daang Bilolo, Orion, Bataan, who took up a 2-year course on Computer Programming, said she joined the job fair in hopes of getting a job which pays better compensation.
“Maganda ang serbisyo ng DOLE dahil inilalapit niya ang trabaho sa mga aplikanteng nais magkaroon ng trabaho,” says Rodriguez.
“While we’ve already reported our HOTS to the Labor Secretary, the DOLE Regional Office 3 - Job Fair Monitoring Team is continuously monitoring and updating its reports from participating companies on applicants qualified for further interview in high hopes of having them placed in quality jobs” says Agaravante.
Meanwhile, Agravante also highlighted other noteworthy activities in his report to the Labor Secretary.
At the Livelihood Fair, sales of products of the DOLE’s livelihood beneficiaries amounted to Php. 29,9212.
On the other hand, the region-wide livelihood grants released under the DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program (DILP), in partnership with the various Public Employment Service Offices (PESOs) in Central Luzon, amounting to Php. 7.2 Million, benefited 5,583 individuals which compose of workers from the informal sector, formal sector, workers' associations, TESDA grads, and other informal groups. The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) also released livelihood assistance from the National Reintegration Center for OFWs (NRCO) amounting to Php. 1.9 Million which benefited 190 OFW repatriates and their families.
Agravante also led the oath-taking of the Career Guidance and Counselors Network of Central Luzon, who were all in full force to support the said job and livelihood fair.
“We’d like to thank the full support and cooperation of our staff from the DOLE and its field Offices, Attached Agencies, PESOs, LGUs, SM City Malls, other line agencies, and tri-media partners for making this event possible, and of course our jobseekers, who waited patiently in the long stretch line to register and participate in our job and livelihood fair,” said Agravante. (Jerry Borja with reporting from the different DOLE Provincial Field Offices)