Fulfilling its commitment to place decent and productive jobs within the reach of all jobseekers through job fairs, Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday said the DOLE recorded a total of 100,328 jobseekers hired-on-the-spot (HOTS) in 1,319 job fairs held from January to November 2013 in all the 16 regions of the country.

Based on the DOLE’s Statistical Performance Reporting System (SPRS), data show that there were 2,928,794 job vacancies solicited from 21,399 employers and establishments that participated in the job fairs.

On the other hand, the SPRS recorded a total of 599,474 job applicants who registered for the jobs fair.

“Evidently, there are plenty of job vacancies in the country that needed to be filled up and at the same time, there is a huge number of jobseekers that need to be placed in the right job that will match their skills and competencies. Slowly but surely, we are confident that through several programs and mechanisms, we will be able to address the problem of jobs-skills mismatch.

These job fairs were one of those programs which were instrumental in fulfilling our commitment,” Baldoz explained.

She said the figures represented only those who were able to get the job they applied for right away and did not include those who were scheduled for further examination, interview, or evaluation. “In majority of DOLE’s job fairs, there were more job vacancies than job applicants,” Baldoz noted.

In 2013, the DOLE regions and the number of job fairs they conducted were as follows: National Capital Region (NCR), 388; Region IV-A, 181; Region III, 131; Region VII,107; Region I, 92; Region X, 75; Region V, 60; Region VI, 52; Region XII, 51; Region II, 48; Caraga, 31; Region XI, 28; Cordillera Autonomous Region (CAR), 23; Region IV-B and VIII, 19 each; and IX, 14.

Among the regions, the NCR recorded the most number of H.O.T.S in the job fairs with 31,283. It is followed by Region IV-A, with 21,633; Region XII, 10,835; Region III, 10,121; Region VIII, 5,445; CAR, 3,6745; Region I, 3,620; Region X, 3,360; Region XI, 2,576; Region VII, 2,208; Region VI, 2,081; Caraga, 1,354; Region II, 663; Region V, 601; Region IX, 497; and Region IV-B, 377.

In this year’s Labor Day job fair, the DOLE’s Bureau of Local Employment reported a total of 20,934 jobseekers who were hired on the spot, with 85,811 assessed for further interview, and 6,429 ‘near hires’ referred to the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) to avail of the free skills training and upgrading needed to qualify for the job.

“Job fairs are more viable and economical venues to search for workers and to search for jobs,” Secretary Baldoz said, adding:

“Besides saving time, effort, and resources, jobseekers 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.”

DOLE’s job fairs in 2013 includes one-stop-shops to address job applicants’ pre-employment needs. These one-stop-shops were manned by personnel and representatives from DOLE partner-agencies, such as the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), National Statistics Office (NSO), Pagibig Fund, PhilHealth, Social Security System (SSS), who offered and provided their programs and services on-site.

“The success of our job fairs in 2013 could not be credited solely to the DOLE. A huge part of this success came from the tireless participation of all employers and establishments who extended their efforts in bringing job vacancies to the jobseekers. We also owe it to our social partners who constantly supported us and who took part in our goal of bringing decent and productive jobs to the Filipinos,” Baldoz said finally.

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