1,276 job seekers hired on Labor Day

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Friday, May 2, 2014


THE regional office of the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) in Davao said the 2014 Job Fair on Thursday was a success with 10,479 registered job applicants, 1,276 of whom were hired on the spot.

Dole-Davao simultaneously held a region-wide job fair on Thursday at Gaisanao Mall of Davao and Tagum and SM City Davao as part of its celebration of the 112th Labor Day.

The fair offered a total 29,816 job vacancies from 226 companies. A total of 8,446 vacancies were from 160 local employers while 21,370 vacancies were from 66 overseas employers.

Among the 10,479 registered job applicants, 8,219 applied to local jobs and 2,260 applied to overseas jobs. Of the 1,276 applicants who were hired on the spot, 931 were hired to local employers and 345 were hired by overseas employers.

Also, the agency reported that of the 10,479 job applicants, only 6,512 were considered qualified wherein 4,969 were qualified in local jobs while 1,583 were qualified for overseas jobs.

Lawyer Joffrey M. Suyao, Dole-Davao director, said in a text message to Sun.Star Davao that the job fairs in the three venues were "successfully conducted."

"We are surprised that about 50 percent of the total applicants were registered at the Tagum job fair," he said.

Suyao attributes the success in the area to the early preparation and full support of Tagum City mayor Allan L. Rellon, the Public Employment Service Office (Peso) in Tagum City, and the support of local government units (LGU) and Peso offices in Davao del Norte, Compostela Valley, and Davao Oriental.

"This shows that Dole will now include Tagum as a major job fair site," he said.

Suyao said they hope that the 5,372 applicants for further interview will also be successfully hired.

He also said they will maintain the improvements they did during the job fairs to ensure "the comfort and convenience of both employers and job seekers."

One of the improvements they did this year is separating the locations of overseas and local employers and the one stop shop. For example, in Gaisano Mall of Davao, the local employers were located in the main atrium, the overseas employers in the lower ground floor, and the one-stop shop in the third level of the mall.

Suyao said this is to reduce the congestion of the job fair.

He said those who were not able to join or those who were not hired in the Labor Day job fair, may join for the upcoming June 12 Kalayaan Job Fair. The venues will be announced soon.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on May 03, 2014.

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