CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- More than a thousand job hunters on Wednesday took their chances to Plaza Vidal de Arrozal here for the first of City Government’s three job fairs.

The job fair was part of “Kaganapan 2010,” the 9th Cityhood Charter anniversary.

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Community Affairs Division Chief Donny Sayre said the city targets to place some 1,000 job hunters for local and overseas employment.

“As of now, the vacancies are for hospitality businesses like bartenders, food servers and receptionists as well as call center agents. These are in demand with our local employers,” Sayre said.

He added that some 50 local employers and 15 overseas employment firms “processed on the spot the applications of the job seekers, with some he said, hiring them immediately.”

Meanwhile, 25 indigents from the poorest of the poor received 25 “nego carts” (small business carts) worth P15,000 each.

“Iyun namang nego cart were given to our poor vendors as a cooperative effort ng ating Mayor Oscar Rodriguez at ng Department of Labor and Employment (Dole). The 25 carts were given to victims of Typhoon Ondoy… So instead of them vending on sidewalks at naglalapag lang, binigyan natin sila ng carts para after selling, they could take home the cart,” said Sayre.

He said the recipients were carefully handpicked by the City Government and Dole.

The City Government on Monday also launched its Special Program for Employment of Students (Spes) for this coming summer break, Sayre added.

Sayre said the number of Spes slots had been doubled from 300 to 600 to address the rising needs of poor but deserving students in their schooling needs.

The mayor said Spes is an important part of the city’s thrusts to enhance the quality of life of the poorest of the poor but deserving Fernandinos. (JTD)