NEARLY 800 jobseekers and college students spent part of Labor Day seeking opportunities in an overseas job fair, one of several such activities organized by local and regional government agencies.
Suzanne Ardoza said that as of 5 p.m., there were a total of 759 registered and interviewed applicants in the Cebu City Sports Center, where City Hall’s Department of Manpower Development and Placement (DMDP) held its fair. Ardoza serves as the DMDP chief.
Participants applied for jobs in Saudi Aradia, Qatar, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, Canada, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Australia and Oman.
No one was hired on the spot because they still need documentation from various government agencies such as Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), and Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), among others.
Ardosa said that 17 employers and recruitment agencies joined the job fair and are all registered with POEA.
These were the ABC Manpower Agency, Camox Phils. Inc., EDI Staff Builders International, Empire International, Eurosian Phils. Inc., France Asia International Inc., FVJ Overseas Placement Inc., Jenerick International Manpower, JRT Magica International, MIP International Manpower Services, PSC Primary Skills Inc., RRJM International Manpower Services, Strategic International Manpower, A-Max Phils. International, Ruru Global Recruitment Agency, Starbornne International Promotions and Manpower Corp., and Silver Skilled Recruitment Inc.
“Once they (jobseekers) submit the necessary documents, that is the time they are already hired,” Ardosa said.
Some of the applicants told Sun.Star Cebu they were applying for jobs abroad because these are better-paying and they want to help their families.
Some applicants who are registered with the Professional Regulations Commission (PRC) as professionals applied for placements as wait staff, coffee shop attendants and dining crew, among others.
“We are applying for whatever jobs are available because if we wait for white-collar jobs, there is a tendency that we would lose our opportunity to work,” said an applicant.
To support the job applicants, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) set up a desk to issue NBI clearances, one of the requirements for job placement.
Other agencies that also established help desks included the Social Security System (SSS) and Philippine Postal Corp. (Philpost).