Department of Labor and Employment
4 May 2019
Bello cites employers for job fair success
More than 25,000 jobseekers came very close to getting employed on Labor Day in the massive jobs and business fair held in 31 sites nationwide, the labor department said over the weekend.
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III expressed gratitude to employers who made available more than 204,000 local and overseas jobs, including vacancies in various positions in government agencies.
“We are grateful to our employers who participated. Their involvement made the job fair massive and a big success,” Bello said. “We are equally thankful to our partner agencies in the TNK and BBB programs for the successful undertaking,” he added.
The Bureau of Local Employment said the one-day fair drew a total of 35,242 applicants. Of those applicants who qualified to the different job vacancies, 4,314 were immediately hired, while 21,593 were considered hired, but still need to submit additional or lacking requirements, or may need to undergo further interviews, trade test or examination.
The top five occupations with the most number of HOTS were Production Worker, Service Crew, Assembler, Production Operator, and Cashier.
Some of the jobseekers were referred to TESDA for skills training (1,543), to livelihood assistance provided by DOLE (1,604), to DTI for business opportunity (2,053), and to other participating government agencies such as NBI, SSS, PRC, OWWA, NRCO, PRC, PhilHealth, POEA, and NCDA-PWD (2,143).
The main site for the job and business fair was the Kingsborough International Convention Center in San Fernando, Pampanga where hundreds were hired mostly for the positions of factory/production worker, customer service representative, human resource officer, office clerk, and teacher.
Bello encouraged jobseekers of all ages to take advantage of the massive job and business opportunities offered during job fairs.
In one instance, an applicant who found employment at the main job fair site was Marianne Javier, a 40-year old jobseeker who qualified both as a factory worker for a local company and as a nail technician for Brunei.
Also among those who immediately found employment were newlyweds Maybelyn and Jerry Evangelista. They were both hired by Superl Philippines, Inc. as factory workers. The couple found out about the job fair through their neighbor. On April 30, after their wedding ceremony at the municipal hall, the couple submitted their resumes and pre-registered to the job fair.
“Masaya po dahil magiging magkasama kami sa trabaho, mas okay lalo na at bagong kasal kami at bubuo na ng pamilya. Maganda rin po na hindi na naming kailangan lumayo at dito lang sa aming lugar ay mayroon ng trabaho,” said the couple.
Another jobseeker who was hired-on-the-spot was Mia Joanna Javier, a senior high school graduate. Also hired as a factory worker, Javier said that she wanted to work after finishing senior high school to help her family and save money for her college education.