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Thousands troop to Labor Day Job Fair; 674 Hired


Legazpi City – Nearly 7,000 job seekers from Bicol region participated in the two-day Trabaho, Negosyo at Kabuhayan (TNK) Jobs and Business Fair, of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) V in two major cities of the region, Legazpi City and Naga City last May 1 and 2, 2018.

At least 674 of the thousand applicants were able to get the positions they applied for. 166 of them were hired on the spot, while 508 applicants were near hired. ‘Near hires’ are job applicants who were considered hired but needs to submit additional or lacking requirements, or may need to attend further interviews or tests.

On the other hand, a total of 5,209 were considered qualified applicants who met the pre-requisites of job vacancies posted by the employers. Some employers signified that they will continue the recruitment process after May 1 and 2 especially those needing more than a thousand workers.

Further, a total of 14,180 employment opportunities from 132 various local, government and overseas employers were recorded. Government agencies such as Philippine Navy, Philippine Statistics Authority, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) participated in the said event.

DOLE RO 5 Regional Director Exequiel R. Sarcauga said that the two-day Job Fair was successful measured by the number of job vacancies local and abroad offered during the activities and the number of hired applicants.

“It was on the second day that many applicants got hired. Among the job vacancies offered are production operators for the semi-conductor electronics industry requiring low skills. Likewise, skilled and common laborers, and drivers for the construction industry, dining and kitchen staff for hotels and restaurants, among others are highly sought-after positions by employers. Positions requiring high skills such as outbound telemarketer, civil/ project engineers, restaurant managers were also offered,” Sarcauga said.

He added that activities during the TNK Fair include awarding of livelihood grants worth PhP16M to five (5) groups or 382 beneficiaries and five (5) groups or 750 recipients in Albay and Camarines Sur, respectively under DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program.


In addition, the Bicol One Stop Service Center for OFWs composed of PhilHealth, Social Security System, Pag-Ibig Fund, Department of Foreign Affairs, Philippine Statistics Authority opened on May 1, 2018 to provide their respective services to the job applicants.

The DTI Bicol as close partner of the Labor Department for skills development conducted technical advisory services and seminars to 69 job applicants who may want to venture into business. Topics/subjects include ‘How to Start a Business’, Business Management and Project Management.

On the other hand, TESDA Bicol placed their booths for enrollment and registration of scholars in accredited schools. At least 159 job seekers were referred to the Authority for skills training.

Meanwhile, among the crowd in Legazpi City Job Fair was Apple Hans M. Iballar, married, a resident of Daraga, Albay who is a fresh graduate of Daraga Community College. She is one of the fortunate applicants who got hired as Cashier at RRJ Ayala Mall.

 “Maogma po ako ta worth it si pagdigdi ko, tsaka su pagmata ko ki ala una ki aga (I’m glad that my registration in the job fair and getting up as early as 1am was worth it),” Iballar shared in delight.

DOLE V Asst. Regional Director Rovelinda A. Dela Rosa said that the department will continue providing access to job applicants  on available vacancies in and outside the region through DOLE platforms, and Job Search Centers located at DOLE RO 5 Bldg. Doña Aurora Street, Old Albay, Legazpi City.

The Labor Day Job & Business Fair kicked off at 6:30 am with a caravan/ motorcade from Penaranda Park, Old Albay to the venue at Pacific Mall, Legazpi City which was participated by some government and partner agencies. This was followed by a Mass at the venue.

The said event turned into a livelier and more exciting one with a Raffle in which several prizes such as rice cookers, flat irons, electric fans, water kettles, stainless steel vacuum flashes, square water jags and tumblers were given to 180 lucky clients.

Partner agencies of the Labor Department Bicol in the conduct of the event were Pacific Mall, ABS-CBN, DTI, TESDA, PESO Legazpi, TAYO, SLTCFI College, Divine Word College, RTIPC Bicol, City Government of Legazpi, LGU Daraga and Tsokolate at Pandesal (TAP) Group.

 Upcoming TNK Fair will be on June 12, 2018 in celebration of the Philippine Independence Day. /jveg/


ISO PR Code:2018_Regular_May_4_LaborDayJobFair

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