A total of 133 applicants from 1,104 jobseekers were Hired-On-The-Spot (HOTS) during the labor department’s Trabaho, Negosyo, Kabuhayan (TNK) job fair held in Quezon City in celebration of the 32nd anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution.

In a report from the Bureau of Local Employment (BLE), the job fair solicited a total of 16,156 job vacancies–4,156 local and 12,000 overseas–from 51 participating employers

The job fair also recorded a total of 2,101 ‘near hire’ applications, the BLE report said.

‘Near hires’ are job applicants who may be considered as hired but need to submit additional or lacking requirements or may need to attend further interviews or tests. They may be hired or placed depending on the outcome of their interview and compliance of pre-employment requirements of the hiring company.

A jobseeker may be considered ‘near-hire’ in several companies that he or she has applied to during the job fair.

“As we bring TNK to the local communities across the country, we aim for increased employability and accessibility of our jobseekers to available jobs…On the heels of the recent developments involving our migrant heroes in the Middle East, this undertaking opens brighter opportunities for many and greatly empower our local communities,” said Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III in his message read by Undersecretary Dominador Say on his behalf.

Among the local jobs with the most number of vacancies are promo staff/specialist, finishing mason, cashier, merchandiser, and sales clerk from employers such as DDT Konstract, Inc., Mercury Drug, CNT Promo and Ads, Fineco Management Corp., and Humble Beginnings.

Meanwhile, the overseas jobs with the most number of vacancies are nurse, service crew, cleaner, factory worker, and sales clerk/worker from recruitment agencies such as Omanfil International Manpower Development, CDK International Manpower, Staffhouse International Resources Corp., Eyequest International Manpower Services Inc., and Lifelinks International Resources Inc.

Of the 606 job applicants who have qualified for the offered vacancies, 133 of them were hired-on-the-spot by participating employers.

One jobseeker who immediately found employment was Jerome Limatoc, who was hired as a merchandiser at Farm Fresh Philippines. He is set to undergo training and will be assigned to a store near his residence.

“Nagpapasalamat ako na sa unang booth pa lang na pinuntahan ko ay hired na agad ako. Sa palagay ko po dahil sa work experience at skills ko kaya ako natanggap agad sa trabaho,”
said Limatoc, who has now found regular employment after being an ‘endo’ worker.

Other hired-on-the-spot jobseekers were Richard Enteria, who was a former overseas Filipino worker in Taiwan, and Salvador Macahilig, who was a former employee of a restaurant that closed shop due to bankruptcy.

They were hired as butcher and merchandiser at Meat World, respectively.

Jobs fair is an employment facilitation strategy aimed to fast-track the meeting of jobseekers and employers/overseas recruitment agencies in one venue at a specific date to reduce cost, time and effort particularly on the part of the applicants.

In the same event, 23 Balik-Manggagawa OFWs were given iDOLE OFW cards; while 102 were assisted through the Assist WELL Program.


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