Nothing beats experience.

This truism was proven once more when 62 years old Rolando Sardenia was hired-on-the-spot (H.O.T.S) during the Trabaho, Negosyo, at Kabuhayan (TNK) Job Fair at the Riverbanks Mall in Marikina City on March 4.

Sardenia, who has more than 40 years of experience as a painter, was hired by Omniworxs Manpower Agency. Assured of the job offer, he was advised to submit several documentary requirements, such as NBI clearance and Barangay Certificate.

“Narinig ko sa radyo na may job fair kaya nagbakasali ako. Nang tanungin nila ako sa interview kung ano daw ang bentahe ko sa mga batang aplikante, sabi ko yung experience ko,” said Sardenia who has been painting houses and buildings since he was 21 years old.

As of 2:00 p.m., Sardenia was one of the 191 applicants who were hired-on-the-spot during the job fair.

The job fair was part of the two-day pilot run of the TNK program of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

The TNK Job Fair offered employment opportunities and promoted entrepreneurship to workers, including returning overseas Filipino workers, in Marikina City and nearby areas.

About 1,675 applicants joined the TNK Job Fair which offered 25,000 jobs. Of the said applicants,  926 were females and 749 were males.

The TNK also offered seminars on job skills, workers’ rights, livelihood opportunities, and about starting small business on March 3 which was joined in by 1,244 participants.

Some 20,000 jobs were offered by 97 participating companies.

During the first day of the event, DOLE, represented by Assistant Secretary Alex V. Avila, DTI Assistant Secretary Ruth Castelo, and Marikina 1st District Congressman Bayani Fernando signed a Declaration of Commitment to symbolize the pledge of the participating agencies to sustain the TNK initiative.

The TNK is anchored on the theme, “Kasipagan, Katapatan, Kagalingan, Karangalan (4Ks) para sa mga Ganado sa Pag-asenso.



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