Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday expressed satisfaction over the successful conduct of the 2016 Kalayaan Job Fair which registered a total of 15,027 applicants nationwide.
“I am happy to report on the positive turnout of job applicants for the Kalayaan Job Fairs,” said Baldoz.
Baldoz, citing the report of Undersecretary Nicon Fameronag on the preliminary results of the Kalayaan Job Fairs, said that a total of 1,942 job seekers were declared hired-on-the-spot, or H.O.T.S., while 4,887 were deemed ‘near-hires’, applicants who are considered hired but who needs to submit additional or lacking requirements, or who may need to attend further interviews or tests.
Baldoz said the top three regions with the highest H.O.T.S. in absolute figures were the DOLE-NCR, 496; Region 1, 333; and Region 11, 268. The job vacancies filled by local hired-on-the spot were customer service representative, cashier, hotel staff, accounting staff, nurse, and production workers. Overseas vacancies which were filled by H.O.T.S. were machine operators, electrician, pipe fitters, riggers, baristas, welder, and dental technicians.
Baldoz added that a total of 9,510 applicants were qualified and were referred for interviews. Of these 7,730 were for local vacancies and 1,780 were for overseas vacancies.
“Many of the job applicants subjected themselves to not just one, but multiple, interviews, hence, we recorded a total of 17,127 interviews. They heeded our call to apply to as many employers as possible,” Baldoz said.
Not all who registered in the job fairs looked for jobs, though. Some visited the job fairs to register with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), an attached agency of the DOLE, for skills training. There were 394 of these job fairs visitors. Still, many others came to know more about the DOLE’s livelihood opportunities, as evidenced by the 114 who were referred to for livelihood assistance.
Baldoz added that the Department is monitoring the status of the application of the said jobseekers with the various employers for one month after the event. We also require reports from the employers, and hopefully, job seekers who were not hired-on-the-spot will have the chance to get selected and hired,” she said.