34 agencies sign up for overseas employment fair at CICC today

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Sunday, November 7, 2010


SOME 18,000 positions await jobseekers today at the Capitol’s Overseas Job Fair.

Applicants need to bring their credentials to the Cebu International Convention Center (CICC) in Mandaue City, where at least 34 licensed agencies are offering varied jobs, from domestic helpers to paramedics.

Ricardo Cabesas, 31, who has worked abroad, said he does not want to work in local companies because of the huge pay difference. He has worked in Qatar and Saudi Arabia as a safety inspection officer and is currently in Cebu after his contract ended.

He said he has to save money while he is still single. He had worked once in Cebu City to put some employment experience in his resume. He holds a bachelor’s degree in marine engineering.

Guards, cooks

He was one of the many applicants who pre-registered last Friday afternoon at the Public Employment Service Office (Peso) in Capitol.

Those who did not make it to the preregistration period may go directly to CICC, said Julius Chua, Peso employment officer-designate.

Jobs for the US were posted by Placewell International Services Corp. They are looking for more than 40 applicants for steel fixers, masons, painters and furniture makers.

Bahrain needs at least 20 security guards. Qatar is looking for 10 telephone operators and Taiwan needs caretakers.

Camox Phils. Inc. is also accepting applicants for chefs and room maids.

Welders, plumbers and cooks are needed in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Chua said he has organized six job fairs, of which three were for overseas employment.

There were 17,617 job vacancies during the overseas job fair last Aug. 8, when 27 licensed agencies participated.

Most of those who registered were males. Of the 2,938, 1,547 were males and 1,391 were females.

Those who were considered for final interview by their prospective employers reached 1,695 while 502 applicants were asked to undergo medical exams.

From January to June 2010, the labor department recorded 17,042 workers who lost their jobs when the companies they worked for downsized. About 76 percent of these companies were in the service sector, the Department of Labor and Employment said in its website.

But it also reported the national unemployment rate dropped by 0.7 percentage point in 12 months, to 6.9 percent as of July 2010. About 6.49 million were considered underemployed, or those who wanted to work additional hours.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on November 07, 2010.

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