Thousands fall in line to job fair

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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Thousands of job seekers fell in line for about 22,000 job vacancies up for grabs during Tuesday’s Labor Day Job Fair at the SM City Pampanga Events Center.

Jerry Borja, Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) regional labor communications officer, said as of noon Tuesday, more than 10,000 overseas job vacancies and about 12,000 local employment opportunities were being filled up by human resource staff of some 300 employers here and abroad.

“That is for the entire region where simultaneous job fairs are ongoing. The figure represents part of the almost 400,000 jobs up for grabs. As of 12 noon, over 5,000 applicants queued for in-demand production and other professional jobs. We expect this to swell by 5 p.m. when we close; as we are aspiring to achieve the 15 percent ‘hired on the spot’ or HOTS target,” Borja said.

SM Pampanga job fair
PAMPANGA. Thousands of job seekers troop to SM Clark during Tuesday's Labor Day and Livelihood Fair organized by the Department of Labor and Employment, in cooperation with SM and local government units of Angeles City and Mabalacat. (Chris Navarro)


Dole Regional Director Raymundo Agravante told Sun.Star Pampanga that the jobs fair was part of the department’s mandate, as advocated by Malacañang, to solve unemployment.

“Sadly, unemployment in Region III (Central Luzon) rose to nine percent from eight percent in January this year. We expect a little more increase after we track down exactly how many fresh graduates seeking for jobs we have. But definitely, we will also continue with these job fairs to properly address unemployment in Central Luzon and the whole country as well,” Agravante said.

Lawyer Pearly Joan Turley, SM Supermalls assistant vice president for Human Resources, said SM will continue to partner with Dole, local government units and other line agencies in creating more jobs and employment opportunities for Filipinos.

“We’ve been in this partnership for five years now and we vow to continue with it to provide decent jobs for Filipinos. SM Supermalls alone, together with its affiliates and tenants, generate thousands and thousands of jobs where we operate. We are very happy to be part of this undertaking as we take pride of the Filipino labor force,” said Turley.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on May 02, 2012.

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