More Oro applicants now with jobs

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Saturday, December 28, 2013

HIRING for the service sector is on the uptrend as new malls and hotels have opened in Cagayan de Oro City this year.

Kathleen Sorilla, Public Employment Service Office (Peso) officer-in-charge, said sales representatives, hotel service workers and clerks have been in demand because of the newly opened establishments.

From August to October, Peso recorded 490 hired applicants in Cagayan de Oro based on the data gathered from its in-house interviews.

In-house interviews are conducted by the Peso in their office so they can provide potential applicants to employers.

Sorilla said there are 13 establishments in the city that their office referred job seekers for hiring.

In the month of November, the office recorded 20 hired applicants out of 189.

The agency PXI Promo Exchange hired 15, while Savemore hired five persons.

Of the 628 applicants Peso recorded, 195 were hired in October.

Sorilla said that Peso provided workers for Puregold store, the two reopened McDonalds branches, Shopwise store, and new establishments at the Centrio mall, among others.

While hundreds of applicants were hired locally from August to October, hired applicants for overseas jobs had reached 631 on the same months.

The jobs needed overseas were tea workers, secretaries, butchers, English teachers, household service workers with National Certification II (NCII), bartenders, baristas, bakers, cooks, drivers and nurses.

“Most of the hired applicants overseas are skilled workers for construction,” she said.

Sorilla said that next year, the Peso office is expecting more applicants and more job fairs.

“Peso will hold job fairs until such time that all applicants will land on a job,” she said.

Sorilla also said that next year, they will have a dialogue with the top colleges and universities in the city whose alumni and graduates are having a hard time looking for jobs.

She said part of their goal is to help graduates land a job in local establishments in the city.

Sorilla added that because of the contractual scheme that hires employees for only six months, it is possible that the available jobs for the next year will be the same this year.

“It is possible that there will be an increase in available jobs but it will not be that high,” she said. (Anjo J. Bacarisas)

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on December 28, 2013.

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