Owwa joins biggest jobs fair in Tawi-Tawi

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Thursday, February 27, 2014


THOUSANDS of applicants gathered in the Lepa Hall of Sandbar, Bongao, Tawi-Tawi in the hope of getting employed by respected private and government participating agencies.

This year’s jobs fair event dubbed as Kabuhianan, a local term that means livelihood, is considered to be the biggest and the most successful one in the history of Tawi-Tawi.

Tawi-Tawi jobs fair applicants
Applicants registering on the first day. (Contributed photo)

The Provincial Government of Tawi-Tawi had invited several agencies, including the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (Owwa) Region IX (Zamboanga Peninsula) to facilitate the possible overseas employment of the people of the said province.

The Kabuhianan was a three-day jobs fair spearheaded by Governor Nurbert Sahali and Tawi-Tawi lone district Representative Ruby Sahali.

Approximately more than 1,500 people applied for several vacant positions. About 60 people were hired on-the-spot for employment abroad, while many others are still waiting for their final examinations and interviews.

Owwa-RWO IX Director Hassan Gabra T. Jumdain expressed his heartfelt message to the people of Tawi-Tawi in his speech during the opening ceremony of the event.

“I am a pure-blooded Tawi-Tawian. I was born and raised in Bongao that’s why my heart will always be for the people of Tawi-Tawi. When Hon. Governor Nurbert M. Sahali invited me to be part of this Kabuhianan, I did not have a second thought. I immediately said yes because I know that our office, the Owwa, will be helping a lot of Tawi-Tawians uplift their lives,” Jumdain said in his speech.

Tawi-Tawi jobs fair applicants
The jobs fair started with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. (Contributed photo)

He also emphasized the importance of being a regular or a legitimate OFW by discussing the programs and services of Owwa, noting that a lot of people in Tawi-tawi and Sulu areas went to Sabah to seek employment without passing through the right channel like the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration and licensed recruitment agencies.

“In short, they end up being exploited by their employers and once caught by the immigration for illegally staying in Sabah, they get deported,” Jumdain said.

He said Owwa encourages Filipino workers to process their documents and acquire employment the legal way, hence its active participation in many events such as a jobs fair.

Jumdain had an informal conversation with Governor Sahali for the possibility of holding a second jobs fair event in Tawi-Tawi somewhere in August or September this year. This will allow the province to be the front-door of overseas employment, said the Provincial Government. (PR)

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