Hired individuals dip in May 1 jobs fair

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Sunday, May 4, 2014


COMPARED to last year’s more than 1,500 hired-on-the-spot job hunters, this year’s one-day Labor Day jobs fair only resulted in the immediate hiring of some 879 applicants for local and overseas employment.

The Department of Labor and Employment (Dole), however, said the jobs fair is still a success, citing the coordination between attached agencies and private companies who opened their doors for new applicants.

Explaining the lower number of hired individuals, Dole Regional Director Henry John Jalbuena said that last year’s jobs fair was a two-day event separating local and overseas employment applications while this year the agency has lumped both overseas and local employment applications to only a single day.

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Out of 5,895 total registrants last year, the number of applicants for various jobs locally and abroad increased to 7,156 registrants for both local and overseas employment. The fair posted 10,714 job vacancies for both and local employment.

Of the total number of applicants, only 879 were hired-on-the-spot comprising of 827 applicants for local employment and 52 applicants for overseas employment.

The job fair was participated by 62 local employers and 12 recruitment agencies for overseas.

Dole-Cordillera also reported that of the 6,713 interviewed applicants, 3,699 were sent for further interview and 2,838 were referred to the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) for further skills training.

During the program opening at the Baguio Convention Center, Representative Nicasio ALiping Jr. and Mayor Mauricio Domogan challenged job hunters to persevere and carry the discipline needed to secure a living.

Reading a statement from Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz, Jalbuena said skills remain key for the employment of many workers which is why retooling is important to address current demands of employers.

In a recent press statement, the Dole also said aside from the over 10,000 job orders and vacancies opened for application, Tesda also spearheaded a health and wellness clinic that offered free haircut and massage to the public.

Earlier, the Dole and Tesda offered technical-vocational graduates with a job skills matching and career forum as pre-Labor Day activity last April 29 at the Baguio City Schools of Arts and Trades.

Some 150 Tesda graduates attended the forum wherein a pre-registration activity for the scheduled Labor Day job fair was also conducted. (JM Agreda)

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on May 05, 2014.

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