“Job fairs are more viable and more economical venues to search for workers and to search for jobs.”

This was the emphatic message Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz delivered to job seekers and employers who participated in the recent mega-job fair organized by the City of Mandaluyong and the Philippine Association of Local Service Contractors, Inc. (PALSCON) at the Atrium Executive Building of the Mandaluyong City Hall.

“For Mandaluyong and neighboring cities’ constituents searching for job opportunities, events such as this job fair are more viable and economical for both jobseekers and employers. Besides saving time, effort and resources, job seekers can also have the opportunity to apply to as many employers in one venue while, participating employers will be able to pre-qualify and screen as many applicants in real-time for the job opportunities they offer,” Baldoz said to a packed audience that included Mandaluyong City Mayor Benjamin C. Abalos, Jr. and PALSCON national president Sarah Deloraya.

Baldoz praised the Mandaluyong City’s Public Employment Service Office, which she said has been working with the DOLE in implementing employment facilitation programs, such as job fairs, livelihood and self-employment activities, career guidance, labor market information delivery, skills registry, and the Special Program for the Employment of Students (SPES).

“I take this most opportune time to thank Mayor Abalos for continuously supporting the programs and projects of the DOLE,” Baldoz said.

“I also acknowledge the relentless efforts of the PALSCON in promoting employment facilitation activities and other employment assistance programs, in collaboration with local government units and the PESOs in the country,” she added.

Conducting job fairs is one of the DOLE’s employment facilitation strategies. In 2012, DOLE’s 1,553 job fairs attracted 111,100 applicants who were successfully placed and hired. In Mandaluyong City alone, this year the PESO’s job fairs has assisted 2,021 applicants who landed jobs on the spot.

The Mandaluyong City-PALSCON mega-job fair recorded 12,582 vacancies offered by 70 participating companies.

To job seekers, Baldoz urged them to know in themselves if they are already prepared to enter the world of work and to carry with them their life skills to advance and contribute to the success of the companies which will hire them. To those who will not be lucky, she informed them of the TESDA’s skills training program that could help them enhance their employability through training.

“The government has increased the budget for the Training for Work Scholarship Program (TWSP) because it recognizes that even if there are plenty of job opportunities, there is still a need to prepare our labor force as most employers give preference to  applicants with relevant training and work experience,” she explained.

She assured the job seekers that the DOLE continues to support intermediaries and partners in employment facilitation, career guidance, and employment advocacy.

“Apart from intensifying our capacity building programs for our employment service providers, we continue to upgrade our support systems for faster delivery of employment services and labor market information to our clients,” she finally said.

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