Sunday, September 26, 2021

‘We have enough jobs for Cebuanos’

BEFORE attending to local political concerns, President Aquino joined hundreds of job seekers at a job fair in Mandaue City yesterday, ahead of the 114th Labor Day on Sunday.

Forty-six employers offered 17,639 job vacancies in construction, electronic assembly, masonry, carpentry, welding, title setting, hotel and restaurant and medical care in the fair organized by the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) 7.

Aquino’s visit coincided with his campaign rally for Liberal Party (LP) presidential candidate Mar Roxas and vice presidential candidate Rep. Ma. Leonor Robredo.

The advance Labor Day celebration, with the theme “Kinabukasan Sigurado sa Disenteng Trabaho,” was held at the Mandaue City Sports Complex.

“There are enough jobs for Cebuanos who want to work, and these jobs were offered in yesterday’s pre-labor job and career fair,” Dole 7 Director Exequiel Sarcauga said yesterday.

Aquino, who was accompanied by Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz, lauded the business and industrial sectors for offering jobs to applicants and cross-matching their skills with the jobs available.

At the fair, the President went around the different booths of local and foreign employers and talked with some job applicants.

He checked out the booth of Jobstart Philippines, whose beneficiaries in Cebu and Bohol have found jobs after participating in the 10-day Life Skill Training.

Aquino also met and greeted six former Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) who are now teaching in public schools under the “Sa Pinas, Ikaw ang Ma’am/Sir (SPIMS) program.

Former OFWs Agustina Escarpe and Christine Lota were domestic helpers abroad, while Melinda Lapingcao used to be an entertainer. They are now molding elementary and high school students.

Suzette Joy Evangelista, Angie Cordova and Edsel Cajelo, who used to teach abroad, were also hired by the Department of Education (DepEd).

In one of the booths, the President witnessed a demonstration on the proper use of required safety equipment in the construction industry.

Among those who participated in the pre-Labor Day job and career fair was the Philippine Association of Legitimate Service Contractors (Palscon) Cebu Chapter.

Palscon president Elizabeth de Leon said that they have been able to help both the workers and employers in complying with labor standards.

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