The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Trabaho Negosyo Kabuhayan (TNK) Caravan 2017 drew a total of 66,425 jobseekers nationwide and 6,302 of them were Hired-On-The-Spot (HOTS) on Monday.

The said job fair was spearheaded by DOLE in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and various local government units (LGU) in celebration of the 115th Labor Day on May 1.

In a report submitted by Bureau of Local Employment (BLE) Director Dominique Tutay to Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III, the nationwide job fair was conducted in 54 sites and solicited a total of 230,000 job vacancies from 1,200 participating employers.

With a total generated applicant of 66,425, the National Capital Region (NCR) had the highest number of registered applicants with 18,962; followed by Region 7 with 10,765; and Region 3 with 7,464 job seekers.

Based on the total figure of registered applicants, 30,103 were male and 36,322 were female.

The nationwide job fair has given employment opportunities to a total of 6,302 applicants who were hired-on-the-spot by participating employers.

Based on the said figures, NCR gathered the most number of HOTS at 2,498, followed by Region 10 at 827, and the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) at 738.

DOLE NCR Regional Director Johnson Cañete said that the labor department continues to look for ways and means in making employment and livelihood closer to the Filipinos by conducting localized job fairs with the assistance of various LGUs in the country.

“There are thousands of job opportunities that our Filipino job hunters can apply for. Some of the major industries which have a large number of vacancies are in the services sector, sales, and in the BPO industry or call center agents,” Cañete explained.

On the other hand, a total of 32,782 job hunters were considered as ‘near hires’ and 48,702 job applicants passed the initial screening step.

Throughout the job fair, a total of 54,468 job interviews were conducted, of which 43, 633 are for local employment, and 10,835 are for overseas opportunity.

The fair also aimed to improve the job applicant’s competitiveness of which 1,382 individuals were referred to TESDA for skills training while 737 were given livelihood assistance.

Cañete meantime urged employers to strictly observe and obey the newly passed law on Anti Age Discrimination which repeals the age limitations during hiring and work application processes.

“We understand that some of our employers have not yet been notified by the new law on Anti Age Discrimination. DOLE strictly imposes the law. We urge the applicants to report to us if they encounter employers who require age limitation when hiring, unless their reason is stated on the exemptions in the law,” the official reiterated.

The NCR Regional Director also stressed that the labor department has programs in addressing job mismatch such as conducting nationwide job fairs, JobStart program, and through the PhilJobNet where job seekers can easily look for jobs which suits their skills and competitiveness online,” Cañete added.


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