More than 2,000 get jobs on Labor Day

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Thursday, May 1, 2014


(UPDATED) ALMOST 3,000 jobseekers can declare their Labor Day successful as they were among those hired-on-the-spot (HOTS) in the 69 Labor Day job fairs held all over the country.

In a press briefing at sidelines of the Labor Day Job Fair in SMX Convention Center in Pasay City, Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said that 2,788 are among the HOTS as of 4 p.m.

"Ibig sabihin nakakatulong ito dahil may naha-hire… It means that this is not a band-aid solution," said Baldoz.

The HOTS comprise 13.5 percent of the 20,718 registered and qualified job applicants.

Among the HOTS, a total of 2,241 were for local jobs while another 547 are bound for jobs overseas.

Bureau of Local Employment (BLE) Director Dominique Tutay said the HOTS are mostly employed locally as factory workers and sales staff.

Tutay added that for overseas jobs of HOTS, usual destinations are in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Dubai, and Taiwan.

Meanwhile, considered for further interviews by prospective employers are 16,256 participants in the job fairs nationwide, including 13,115 for local jobs and 3,141 for overseas jobs.

Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) spokesman Nicon Fameronag said they remain confident that they can still meet their annual average of HOTS as soon as the numbers are completed.

"We always remain optimistic because the usual trend is we are below the target early on but as the day goes on, we are able to have more HOTS," said Fameronag in a separate interview.

To note, the annual average HOTS is about 15 percent, marked by last year's 16 percent when 20,905 out of 127,880 total of registered jobseekers got hired immediately.

A total of 153,247 vacancies were offered by 545 local and overseas employers in 69 job fairs conducted in all 16 regions, except in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

Among the jobs being offered in the jobs fair are in the industries of cyber services, information technology, call centers, hotel and restaurant, tourism, health and wellness, wholesale and retail trade, construction, automotive, real estate, banking, finance, insurance, and cargo. (HDT/Sunnex)

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