Update Report on 2014 Kalayaan Job Fair
DOLE reports 833 were HOTS, 4,640 applicants qualified at nationwide Independence Day Job Fair

“Happy. Fulfilled.”

These were the words of Emma Collado, 22, after she was hired-on-the-spot (HOTS) at the 12 June Independence Day Jobs Fair  at the Rizal Park in Manila.

Collado, from Quezon City, is now a service crew at a Dunkin Donuts coffee shop. She said she found the jobs fair convenient for a first-time jobseeker like herself.

“Hindi mo na kailangang puntahan isa-isa ang mga kumpanyang gusto mong pagtra-bahuhan. Nakakapagod ‘yun. At least dito sa DOLE job fair, tabi-tabi na sila,” she said.

Joining Collado as HOTS is Virgilio Salipande, 21, from Navotas City, who is now a sales saturator at a service contracting firm. He is to start work on 16 June.

Collado and Salipande were two of the 833 fresh graduates and jobseekers who were hired-on-the-spot (HOTS) from among the large number of professional, technical, trade skilled, and other applicants who flocked to the DOLE-lead 2014 Kalayaan Job Fair last Thursday.

“I congratulate the new hires and hope they will make good in their careers,” Baldoz said after receiving a preliminary update on the HOTS from the DOLE’s Bureau of Local Employment.

BLE Director Dominique R. Tutay had reported to Secretary Baldoz that a total of 16,690 registered jobseekers vied for the 35,528 job vacancies offered by 85 local, 21 overseas, and five government employers that participated in the simulateneous nationwide Kalayaan Job fair in the country’s 16 regions.

Of this number, 4,640 applicants qualified; 59 were referred to the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority for further skills training; and 17 were referred to DOLE for livelihood assistance.

Tutay also said a total of 11,544 applicants have been interviewed by different employers. Of this number, she said 8,589 applicants were asked to return for further interviews.

Baldoz had instructed the BLE to coordinate with the employers and monitor those
who were asked to come back for further interviews. She said this will give the BLE a fair idea on why job applicants are hired or why they are not hired during job fairs.

“Do the continuous monitoring of placement until the end of August 2014,” Baldoz said.

“Those who were not hired at the job fair should not be faint-hearted. You should be optimistic and be a little patient because selecting job applicants can be a tough challenge for employers who would only like to get the best workers,” she said.

“So those who failed to get a job at the job fair should spend time to consider their options. Perhaps, they need to attend a short training, or they may have to consider entrepreneurship other than wage employment. At any rate, whatever you decide, the DOLE is here to assist you,” she said.

Baldoz had also directed the BLE to upload on the DOLE website the detailed regional lists of HOTS and job applicants who were for further interview. “Do this immediately after receiving the complete reports of the DOLE Regional Offices,” she said.

The nationwide Job Fairs across the 16 regions was the DOLE’s yearly major activity as its contribution to the nationwide celebration of Independence Day, in line with its vision of full, decent, and productive employment.

“We made 12 June a special day for our nation’s workforce by bringing jobs closer to more graduates and jobseekers, especially in the regions, thus making their job search easier and inexpensive,” Baldoz said.

“Normally it takes time–several days, or weeks–for a jobseeker to apply and land a job successfully. For a jobseeker to be hired on-the-spot, in just a day or less, and for an employer to get their skilled manpower in the same period, translates to less inconvenience, and therefore, to more productive results,” she added.

The theme of the 2014 Independence Day celebration is ‘Pagsunod sa Yapak ng mga Dakilang Pilipino Tungo sa Malawakan at Permanenteng Pagbabago.’

Baldoz thanked its supporters and partners for the successful 2014 Independence Day Job Fair, namely, Banco de Oro; Sky Cable; Absolute Drinking Water; SMART Communications Inc.; McDonalds; Max’s Restaurant; Jollibee Foods Corporation; Greenwich; Chowking; San Miguel Corporatin; Petron Corp.; Asiawide Refreshments; Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Inc.; Philippine Association of Local Service Contractors; Public Employment Service Office; Philcopy; Manila Bulletin; Philippine Daily Inquirer; and Philippine Star.

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