Job fair draws crowd turn out-A A +A
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
THOUSANDS of jobseekers trooped to the Iloilo Provincial Capitol lobby as early as 7 a.m. on Wednesday to seek opportunity in the Job Fair organized by the Public Employment Service Office (Peso).
Peso-Iloilo manager Francisco Heler Jr. said 69 firms participated in the job fair offering over 4,000 job opportunities.
The firms include local establishments such as automotive companies, construction companies, airline, distributors, hotels, insurance, malls, real estate, call centers (BPOs), and overseas recruitment agencies.
Heler said this month’s job fair may have the largest turn out with applicants crowding the Capitol lobby and the entrance canopy. Some of them had even pre-registered a few days earlier.
Department of Labor and Employment-Western Visayas (Dole-6) Assistant Regional Director Salome Siaton said the activity is timely, since the Western Visayas region registered a 7.5 percent unemployment rate this year, higher compared to last year’s 6.2 percent.
“I hope that many applicants would be hired on the spot today,” Siaton said. (PR)