Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday said that 496 jobseekers were able to immediately land jobs during the 2016 Independence Day Job Fair held at the Luneta Park in Manila on 12 June.


“A total of 2,059 job applicants registered during the job fair, but only 1,798 were qualified for interview. Of those who qualified for interviews, 496 of them were hired-on-the-spot (HOTS). This translates to 27.59 percent HOTS success rate,” Secretary Baldoz said, citing the report of OIC-Director Nelson C. Hornilla of the DOLE-National Capital Region (NCR).


The DOLE chief added that the 496 HOTS are composed of 199 local and 297 overseas job applicants. Of the 199 local HOTS, 105 are male and 94 are female; while of the 297 overseas HOTS, 239 are male and 58 are female.


OIC-Director Hornilla further said in his report that 116 local and 16 overseas companies participated in the job fair, bringing with them 19,218 local and 15,800 overseas job vacancies.


Government agencies like the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), National Power Corporation (NPC), Philippine National Police (PNP), Social Housing Finance Corporation, and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) also participated during the job fair.


Aside from employment opportunities, participants availed of other services offered during the job fair – 11 availed of livelihood counselling from the DOLE-NCR and the Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns (BWSC); and 204 availed of massage services, 84 availed of haircut services, and 275 were referred to the Training for Work Scholarship Program (TWSP) all offered by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).


A total of 826 job fair participants also availed of the one-stop-shop services – 314 availed of the pre-employment services; 20 availed of the legal services offered by the DOLE-NCR and the Legal Service; 336 availed of photocopy services; 12 availed of the Assist WELL (Welfare, Employment, Legal, and Livelihood assistance); and 144 availed of the Gender and Development Information Services offered by the DOLE-NCR.


The 2016 Independence Day Job Fair was sponsored by SMART Communications, Federation of Filipino Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industries, Inc.  (FFCCCII), and the Philippine Association of Local Service Contractors (PALSCON)–all regular DOLE partners in its job fair activities.

The activity’s lead proponents are the DOLE-NCR, Bureau of Local Employment (BLE), Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP), National Parks Development Committee, with the support of the National Conciliation and Mediation Board (NCMB), Employees Compensation Commission (ECC), Occupational Safety and Health Center (OSHC), Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), DOLE Central Office, Bureau of Labor Relations (BLR), Bureau of Working Conditions (BWC), and Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns (BWSC).


The 118th commemoration of the Philippine Independence was anchored on the theme, “Pagkakaisa, Pag-aambagan, Pagsulong.”



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