Close to 6,000 graduating students and overseas workers were near-hired for job vacancies during the labor department’s Trabaho, Negosyo, Kabuhayan (TNK) job and business fair held at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City on Monday, the Bureau of Local Employment (BLE) reported yesterday.

‘Near hires’ are applicants who may be considered as hired but needed 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.

In a report to Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, the BLE said thousands of job seekers took advantage of the 13,000 job vacancies offered by 97 participating employers during the one-day fair jointly held with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), and the city government of Pasay. One hundred thirty six applicants were Hired-On-The-Spot (HOTS).

Marites Castillo, a former OFW from Kuwait was one of the lucky HOTS as she was hired by the STVN Manpower as a field researcher. Assured of the job offer, she was advised to report for orientation and submission of several documentary requirements.

“Dati akong OFW from Kuwait. Sa ngayon, gusto ko makasama ang pamilya ko at mag stay na lang dito sa Pilipinas kaya nag-try ako maghanap ng trabaho dito sa job fair. Sa awa ng Diyos, pinalad na matanggap ako agad,” Castillo said.

Also, one of the HOTS during the job fair is Ronald Cesar Castro, a 47 year old man who was afraid of age discrimination at work was hired as call center agent by Bilkish Call Center Group.

“I am thankful for this opportunity na nakahanap ako ng trabaho. I am old pero nabigyan pa rin ako ng pagkakataon na makapagtrabaho. Employers are not age discriminating because they are more interested with my experience,” Castro said.

In the same event, 54 students were given short-term job opportunities this summer and 46 fresh graduates will be provided with comprehensive career guidance and advance skills trainings through JobStart Program.

Also, 139 jobseekers were referred to TESDA for further skills training while 60 jobseekers have been referred to DTI for business opportunities and advice.

A total of 65 OFWs were also provided with welfare, employment, legal, and livelihood assistance through the Assist WELL Program while 17 Balik-Manggagawa OFWs were provided with iDOLE OFW cards.

END/Abegail De Vega

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