Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday reported that the DOLE has recorded 45,620 jobseekers hired-on-the-spot (HOTS) in the 1,008 job fairs mounted by the Department from January to November 2015 across the 16 regions of the country.


Citing the report of the Bureau of Local Employment, Baldoz said that there were 1,817,059 job vacancies solicited from 12,435 employers and recruitment agencies that participated in the job fairs.


She also emphasized that from January to November 2015, there were 243,220 registered applicants, and 172,213 of which were qualified for the positions and were scheduled to undergo the usual hiring process of the participating companies.


“This shows that the country has more jobs available than the registered jobseekers and at the same time, there is a huge number of jobseekers who need to be placed in jobs that will fit their skills and competencies.  Having this in regard for years, I am certain that the DOLE’s enhanced employment facilitation strategy, one of these is job fairs, will enable us to address this pressing job-skills mismatch problem,” Baldoz explained.


The DOLE’s job fairs are designed to speed up the meeting of employers who are looking for qualified workers and workers searching for job, hence making their search much easier and convenient.


Among the regions, the Region IV-A recorded the most number of H.O.T.S. in the job fairs with 17,327 followed by Region III, with 12,940; Region X, 3,049; Region IX, 2,293; Region 11, 2,208; CAR, 1,750; Region XII, 1,624; Region VIII, 1,073; CARAGA, 895; Region VII, 456; NCR, 413; Region II, 389; Region V, 366; Region I, 334; Region VI, 328, and Region IV-B with 174.


Meanwhile, the DOLE regions and the number of job fairs they conducted in 2015 were as follows: NCR, 394; Region IV-A, 184; Region III, 144; Region VI, 52; Region XI, 48; Region IX, 46; Region XII, 41; CAR, 32; Region X, 25; CARAGA, 21; Region VIII, 9; Region VII, 6; Region IV-B, Region II, 2 each; and Region 5, Region 1, with 1 each.


These job fairs also bring a one-stop-shop of government services to help job applicants’ secure necessary pre-employment documents. Among its partner agencies include the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), Social Security System (SSS), National Statistics Office (NSO), Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), Pag-ibig and Philhealth.


“The continuing success of these job fairs is clearly due to the extended efforts of our partners in the labor and employment, such as the PESOs, for facilitating the effective and efficient facilitation of our employment machinery at the local levels; and to all our stakeholders, specifically employers and recruitment agencies, for relentlessly participating in the job fairs thus, helping us fulfill our goal of bringing decent and productive jobs,” Baldoz said.


END/Tim Laderas


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