A total of 4,304 jobseekers found employment on May 1, Labor Day.

In a report to Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III, Bureau of Local Employment director Dominique Tutay said more than 34,300 applicants trooped to the 37 sites of the countrywide Trabaho, Negosyo, Kabuhayan jobs and business fair mounted jointly by the labor and trade departments in celebration of the 116th Labor Day.

Some 20,600 other jobseekers were qualified for the various vacancies, on top of the more than 4,300 who were hired on the spot, according to the same report.

The TNK fair gathered 1,099 participating employers (890 local and 209 overseas) which brought with them 143,085 local, overseas, and government jobs across the country.

The top local jobs offered were for the positions of combat soldiers (AFP/PNP), production machine operator, mason (finishing/rough), customer service representative, construction worker, carpenter (finishing/rough), call center agent, PDEA agent/staff, production worker/factory worker, and service crew.

On the other hand, the top overseas vacancies were for nurse, technician, construction worker, food and beverage staff, waiter/waitress, driver, cleaner, laborer, tire fitter and engineer.

Among those hired on the spot was Cristina Martinez, a 43-year-old jobseeker who was employed as a roving coordinator.

“Maganda rin po iyong naging advantage kasi katulad ko ngayon 43 years old na ako. Matagal na rin akong nag-stop kasi naging housewife ako, tapos nag-private tutor ako. Pero ngayon po na may opportunity na para makabalik sa trabaho, kinuha ko na po iyon,” said Martinez.

The job fair also recorded a total of 12,183 ‘near hire’ applications, the BLE report said.

‘Near hires’ are job applicants who may be considered as hired but need to submit additional or lacking requirements or may need to attend further interviews or tests.

They may be hired or placed depending on the outcome of their interview and compliance of pre-employment requirements of the hiring company.

A jobseeker may be considered ‘near-hire’ in several companies that he or she has applied to during the job fair.

In the same event, 1,030 jobseekers were referred to the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) for further skills training; 564 jobseekers were referred to the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) for business opportunities and advice; and 164 were referred for livelihood assistance.

The simultaneous TNK fair was spearheaded by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), and local government units (LGU) across the country, partner agencies, and establishments.

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