BAGUIO CITY – The city government on Monday invited job seekers to its Independence Day job fair on June 12 where over 1,200 vacancies will be offered.

In an interview on Monday, Doy Tabilog, executive assistant at the Mayor’s Office and in charge of the Public Employment and Services Office (PESO), said that as of Friday, at least 20 local companies and five overseas manpower agencies have registered to be part of the job fair at the Bishop Carlito Cenzon open gymnasium at the Saint Louis University compound.

He said other service providers like the National Bureau of Investigation, Bureau of Internal Revenue, and Social Security System will join the event so applicants could easily secure the required documents for their application.

The job fair will be done face-to-face and will include local and overseas employment opportunities.

Tabilog said the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority and the Department of Trade and Industry will also participate by providing services and information about skills and scholarship, aside from livelihood assistance and opportunities.

Prospective applicants may pre-register until June 11 at the People's Park. They can also preregister at the Department of Labor and Employment Baguio-Benguet Field Office in Cabinet Hill, the PESO at the Baguio City Hall, and the Barangay Employment Service Office (Baguio City).

Tabilog said the city government regularly conducts job and livelihood fairs not only to provide job opportunities to residents but also to keep them away from illegal activities.

“Being unemployed and without an income to provide for the family’s needs is difficult that is why we want our people to have a source of income so that they will not be prompted to go into illegal activities that will lead to self-harm or danger to their families,” he said.

He said some do know where to look for job vacancies which is why job fairs are a good activity to bring the services of the government closer to the people.

Tabilog also said that clients can also be referred to the other agencies present during the fair for possible livelihood opportunities like upskilling or reskilling for higher chances of employment or income-generating activities.

The official also said that job seekers can rest assured that the participating companies and manpower agencies are legitimate. (PNA)