4 job fairs to be held on Labor Day

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014


FIRE victims in Barangay Lorega, Cebu City, displaced workers and the unemployed can expect to get help from government agencies during the observance of Labor Day tomorrow.

Up to 17,500 local and overseas job vacancies await job seekers in four simultaneous job fairs at the Capitol building, SM City Cebu Trade Hall, SM Consolacion and at the Cebu City Sports Center.

Some 1,200 fire victims from Lorega in Cebu City and the 120 caddies who lost their job at the Cebu Country Club recently will also receive P9 million worth of livelihood assistance from the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) 7 tomorrow.

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Dole and the Cebu City Government will spearhead the Labor Day celebration in the region, with the theme “Sa Sipag, Tiyaga, at Talino, Buong Mundo Saludo sa Manggagawang Pilipino.”

At the job fairs tomorrow, 6,000 local positions and 11,500 overseas jobs are open for application with over 165 employers participating.

Dole 7 Director Chona Mantilla urged job seekers to be ready with their resume and ID photos since some employers will hire applicants on site.

Unemployment rate

Dole 7 is hopeful that the job fairs will help improve the region’s unemployment rate, which stands at 6.6 percent as of last January.

Central Visayas has an employment rate of 93.4 percent, or about 2.96 million people
employed. Some 237,000 don’t have a job, according to Dole 7’s records.

Through the Dole Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program, P6 million worth of livelihood assistance will be released to the fire victims and another P3 million will be given to caddies during the Labor Day program at the SM City Cebu tomorrow afternoon.

Depleted funds

They will be trained to operate a catering business or barbecue stand while they are still waiting to get a job.

“Hopefully, the livelihood assistance will tide them over until they can be employed again,” Mantilla said during a press conference on Labor Day activities at the Dole 7 office yesterday.

Much as they want to help more victims of disasters and displaced workers, she said they have already exceeded the ceiling of their livelihood assistance fund disbursement for this quarter.

“We cannot accommodate everyone because our funds are almost depleted since we also had to allocate for other provinces where help was needed,” Mantilla added.

3K run

Dole 7’s P218-million livelihood assistance fund was tapped for the aid released to survivors of super typhoon Yolanda in northern Cebu and the earthquake in Bohol last year.

Mantilla said Lorega’s fire victims were identified as beneficiaries because of the extent of the damage caused by the fire last March 18.

A total of eight sitios were wiped out by the fire, destroying some 500 houses. At least 5,400 individuals were left homeless.

Meanwhile, Cebu City Hall has organized a three-kilometer run at 5 a.m. tomorrow.
City Hall workers and other government employees are urged to join the run from Fuente Osmeña circle to Capitol and back.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on April 30, 2014.

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