Jobseekers who went to any of the DOLE’s 56 Labor Day Jobs and Livelihood Fairs across the country should not worry about not getting hired-on-the-spot (HOTS) by companies because the job fairs, despite being only a one-day event, will continue to process applications from job applicants.


This is the message of Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday as she explained that some employers may require qualified applicants to undergo their respective processes before they finally decide to hire.


“Selecting job applicants can be a tough challenge for employers. They may need more time to review job applications, to go over details of their credentials, and to interview candidates,” Baldoz said.


“Time invested in careful hiring procedures saves time and helps lessen incompatible job placements, which in the long run, will contribute to the goal of providing decent and productive work for all,” she explained.


“So, my advice to applicants is to be optimistic and be a little patient. The processing and hiring by the employers will continue after the job fair, and the DOLE will monitor that,” she added.


Baldoz noted that since jobseekers have been required to register, they can be assured that their job applications will not be put to waste as these will be closely monitored by the Bureau of Local Employment (BLE), through its jobs matching facility, the Phil-Job.Net.


Citing the preliminary report of the Bureau of Local Employment, the labor and employment chief said this year’s nationwide Job Fairs marked a total of 71,922 registered applicants. Of the number, a total of 41,604 jobseekers vied for local vacancies; while 10,910 jobseekers opted overseas employment.


“The 11,154 applicants who got hired-on-the-spot represented over 20.8 percent of the total registered jobseekers who have qualified. This year, we added a total of 10,002 individuals in our local workforce, and 1,152 individuals for overseas,” said Baldoz.


Region 3 had topped the list of regions with the highest number of HOTS with 2,475; followed by RO 4A with 2,460; RO 12 with 1,434; Region 11 with 1,384; CAR with 570; Region 7 with 456; NCR with 413; Region 10 with 387; Region 1 with 334; Region 8 with 265; CARAGA with 264; Region 9 with 247; Region 6 with 205; Region 4B with 127; Region 5 with 116; and Region 2 with 17.


In terms of percentage of HOTS over qualified applicants, RO 12 gained the highest rank with an astounding 52 percent. This is followed by seven more regions that achieved the 20% target HOTS for the year, as follows: RO 11 with 36.7 percent; CARAGA with 34.3 percent; RO10 with 32.1 percent; CAR with 24.2 percent; RO9 with 24.1 percent; RO 3 with 23.5 percent; and RO1 with 21.0 percent.


Baldoz said the number of HOTS may still increase as there are DOLE regional offices, which have not completed their submission of reports because they extended their job fairs to another day in May.


Meanwhile, there are 53,751 jobseekers out of the registered applicants were assessed for further interview, 45,225 ‘near-hire’ job applicants; and 1,405 were referred to the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) to avail of the free skills training and upgrading that they need to qualify for the job.


The DOLE was also able to assist 226 individuals, of which 93 are male, and 133 are female, to avail livelihood assistance through the department’s various programs and services.


“Jobseekers must not easily get discouraged if they were not be hired on 1 May. The BLE, through its enhanced Phil-Job.Net, will now be able to observe the status of each registered applicants. Employers may refer to the system for filling-up their existing job vacancies and, if necessary, we will make the referrals,” Baldoz explained.


The 2015 Labor Day celebration is anchored on the theme, “Disenteng Trabaho at Kabuhayan, Alay Natin sa Bayan,” which highlights employment facilitation through strengthened convergence with tripartite partners.


The DOLE led the festivities, getting support from its partners, namely; PESO Quezon City; Pag-Ibig; PhilHealth; PALSCON; Smart International; Sun Prepaid; Insular Life; Philippine Daily Inquirer; Manila Bulletin; Philippine Star; and Federation of Filipino Chinese Chamber of Commerce, Inc.




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