At Manila Mega Job Fair, Baldoz urges qualified jobseekers to make a go for 40,000 job vacancies from 127 employers

Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday challenged the unemployed and under-employed in the country’s capital, Manila, to try and make a go for any one of the more than 40,000 job vacancies that 127 employers, both local and overseas, will bring today to the Manila Mega Job Fair at the San Andres Sports Complex in San Andres, Malate, Manila.

The job fair, an employment facilitation program of City Hall and its newly-institutionalized Public Employment Service Office, is being held in cooperation of the DOLE National Capital Region headed by Regional Director Alex Avila and the Manila Field Office led by Director Leonides Castillon.

In her message during the brief program opening the job fair, Baldoz lauded the city for institutionalizing its PESO, saying it will put the City Hall in a good position to lick the city’s unemployment and under-employment problems.

She also urged the more than 3,000 job seekers who braved the early morning traffic to line up and apply for the tens of thousands of vacancies at the job fair.

“If you are qualified and get accepted, go for it and earn the experience. If you are a “near-hire”, assure the employer you need only a short training and ask for a break. Not everyone gets this opportunity to meet face to face with employers, so don’t hesitate. Apply for a job and don’t be choosy,” said Baldoz.

One of the employers looking for workers at the job fair are Atlanta Group of Companies which need preventive and mold maintenance managers, safety engineers, plant engineers, technical staff, accountants, auditors, account officers for fire protection systems, junior systems programmers, IT support coordinators, sales assistants, collectors, account officers for PVC windows, account officers for poutry groups, account officers for water district;  and account officers for Star products (PPR, Sobent, Tempipe, and Balzemaster).

Another prospective employer, Armadillo Holdings, Inc. is in need of accounting assistants software developers, technical support staff, purchasing specialists, vendor relations officers, operations assistants, corporate social responsibility heads, front desk associates, sales executives, reservations associates, sous chefs, and sales and marketing managers. The experience for these positions ranges from six months to five years.

Dessert Plus, Inc., on the other hand, is in need of accounting assistants, accounting clerks, quality assurance staff, audit clerks, sales coordinators, service crew, and production crew.

Japan Homes, a multi-product home store, is joining the job fair to look for cashiers, promodizers, associate store supervisors, office staff, warehouse staff, pick-uppers, packers, and scanners.

Microcadd Institute, Inc. needs front desk clerks, marketing staff, sales staff, graphic artists, utility, driver, accounting officers, utility staff, drivers, accounting officers, encoders, admin staff, MMA instructor, autocad instructor, and autocad operator.

Suyen Corporation, manufacturer of popular Bench fashion products and accessories, is in need of electricians, drivers, forklift operators, store supervisors, cashiers, stock clerks, and sales clerks.

Th outsourcing company, Teleperfromance, is in need of 1,000 technical service representatives/customer service representatives.

“I appreciate that 21 companies under the banner of the Philippine Association of Local Contractors (PALSCON), a DOLE partner, is participating in the job fair,” said Baldoz.

The other companies that have confirmed their participation include Bumex Express Credit, Inc.; Celine Marketing; Dermcare; Eurotiles Industrial Corporation; Forever Flawless; Golden Donut, Inc.; Mercury Drug Corporation; Puregold Price Club, Inc.; Simpleware Business Solutions, Inc., SM City Manila; Tobys Sports; Yakult Philippines; M&H Food Corporation; Big Buddha Restaurant, Inc.; Pancake House Group, Inc.; Firefly Electric Corporation; Philcopy Corporation; Silicon Forest Philippines, Inc.; David Teahouse; SM Lifestyle Entertainment, Inc.; Rustan Marketing Specialists, Inc.; and Specialty Food Retailers Specialists, Inc.

The National Bureau of Investigation, Philippine National Police, PhilHealth, Pag-IBIG, Social Security System, Bureau of Internal Revenue, and Philippine Postal Corporation set up booths at the job fair location to make it easier and faster for job seekers obtain documents they needed for their job application.

Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, who conceived the job fair under his Employment Regeneration Assistance Program, or ERAP, said this is the first mega-job fair under his watch. A presentation of the City Ordinance, “An Ordinance Enhancing the Job and Skills Database of the Manila PESO from the Barangay Level” and the signing of a DOLE-City Hall memorandum of agreement on employment facilitation highlighted the job fair. Baldoz and the mayor also launched the DOLE Employment Kiosk.

Mayor Joseph Ejercito Estrada was joined by Vice Mayor Isko Moreno;  City Councilor Joey S. Hizon III, chairman of the City Council’s Committee on Labor and Employment; and City Council members Robert R. Ortega Jr.; and Antonio G. Capistrano, together with Victor Quintos, City Personnel Officer and PESO Manager; and Beth Alonzo, Consultant, Office of the City Mayor, and Former President, National PESO Federation of the Philippines.

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