Over 2k jobseekers hired on Labor Day

Over 2,000 job seekers were hired, while 7,000 others were recognized as near-hire during the Labor Day job fairs held nationwide by DOLE. Photo: DOLE

Over 2,000 jobseekers were assured of employment during the nationwide Trabaho Negosyo Kabuhayan Job and Business Fairs held in honor of Labor Day, while 7,000 others were recognized as near-hires.

Secretary Silvestre Bello III highlighted the government's efforts toward employment recovery during the first-ever nationwide onsite job fair since the pandemic, which drew 1,076 employers and 153,397 local and overseas jobs.

19,730 applicants showed up at the various job fair locations, with 2,262 hired on the spot, mostly for production operator, cashier, sales associate, and sales clerk positions.

Additionally, 7,907 applicants had follow-up interviews arranged. They may be hired or placed based on the outcome of their interview and their compliance with pre-employment conditions established by the hiring firm.

Mylene Joy Quiambao, who was hired as a call center agent at the Kingsborough International Convention Center in San Fernando, Pampanga, was among those who found work right away.

"I'm overjoyed because I was hired right away. It was simple for me to find work; there was no need for me to travel to various locations. I don't have to travel to Manila or Clark to look for work. For those like me who are looking for work, the job fair can be beneficial because all options are available," Quiambao stated.

Meanwhile, 463 applicants were referred for skill development to the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, 507 for livelihood training/assistance to the Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns, and 348 for business inquiries and concerns to the Department of Trade and Industry.

Sec. Bello presided over Labor Day celebrations at the Kingsborough International Convention Center in San Fernando, Pampanga, including the Trabaho Negosyo Kabuhayan Job and Business Fair and the Labor Day Job Summit 2022 Task Group on Economic Recovery–National Employment Recovery Strategy.

Bello presented DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program beneficiaries with livelihood grants and compliant establishments with Safety Seal Certificates on the same day.

A total of P4.6 million in livelihood assistance was distributed to 293 Kapampangan beneficiaries, who included marginalized women, indigenous people, low-income self-employed individuals, and parents of child laborers.

The Labor Day celebrations conclude with President Rodrigo Duterte inspecting the country's first OFW hospital in Barangay Sindalan, San Fernando, Pampanga. —Tacloban News Update (Source: DOLE)
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