DOLE-8 anniversary job and livelihood fair hires 75 on the spot

DOLE-8 anniversary job and livelihood fair hires 75 on the spot

The DOLE Regional Office No. 8 held a job and livelihood fair to mark its 90th anniversary, with 801 jobseekers and 23 exhibitors participating. Photo: DOLE-8/Facebook

TACLOBAN CITY – Last December 1, 2023, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Regional Office No. 8 celebrated its 90th anniversary with a job and livelihood fair at the Tacloban City Convention Center. The event, themed "Serbisyong Mabilis at Matapat sa Bagong Pilipinas," drew 801 job seekers and 23 exhibitors, resulting in 75 on-the-spot hires.

Kirby Rambacod, a 19-year-old Tacloban City resident and K-12 graduate, was among those hired. He expressed his joy and gratitude after being hired as a merchandiser by a local company in the area. He stated that he can now assist his family while saving for his college education.

Before the job fair, a simple program was held, which was graced by the presence of Atty. Anacleto Rei Lacanilao III, representing Tacloban City Mayor Alfred Romualdez, Mr. Jonathan Calvara, representing House Speaker Ferdinand Martin Romualdez, and Cong. Yedda Marie Romualdez and Cong. Philip Jude Acidre, representing Tingog Partylist Representatives.

During the one-day job fair, 43 local employers from Eastern Visayas offered over 1,500 jobs. Atty. Dax B. Villaruel, DOLE-RO8 OIC-Regional Director, expressed heartfelt gratitude to all employers for their ongoing support. He stated that their participation demonstrates a shared commitment to achieving the goal of a robust and thriving job market.

Atty. Villaruel also thanked the agency's partners in the organization of the Kadiwa ng Pangulo Livelihood Fair, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) through Director Celerina Bato, and the Department of Agriculture (DA) through Director Andrew Rodolfo Orais, who was represented by Assistant Director Larry Sultan.

Twenty-three livelihood exhibitors participated in the Kadiwa ng Pangulo and displayed various products at very low prices. The said livelihood fair generated a total of P115,783.00 in sales. The fair aimed to promote local entrepreneurs' and farmers' products and services, as well as to provide opportunities for income generation and livelihood development. —iTacloban

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