ZAMBOANGA CITY, May 19 (PIA) - -The Department of Labor and Employment Regional Office 9 (DOLE9) successfully conducted the Jobs Fair with the theme “Matatag na Trabaho at Kabuhayan tungo sa Progresibong Pagbabago” at the Western Mindanao State University and KCC Mall de Zamboanga which offered 24, 653 vacancies for both local (2,274) and overseas (21,689) employment recently.
DOLE9 Regional Director Ofelia B. Domingo said thousands of workers and jobseekers flocked to the two locations which were both convenient and accessible to a total of 3,651 jobseekers.
Assistant Secretary Joji A. Aragon of DOLE’s Legal, Legislative and International Affairs Cluster graced the occasion and delivered Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III’s message during the opening program.
Representatives from the Management and Labor Sector also gave their inspirational messages. Mr. Edwin To of the Zamboanga City Chamber of Commerce and Industry Foundation Incorporated emphasized the importance of employees’ attitude towards work since they play a significant role in the dynamics of a business work environment.
On the other hand, Mr. Jose J. Suan of the Philippine Integrated Industries Labor Union - Trade Union Congress of The Phils (PIILU-TUCP) aired the laborers’ demands and needs toward a healthier working environment.
Out of the registered jobseekers, 1,310 were reported as qualified of which 912 were able to undergo interview with the employers.
Region 9 surpassed the 17% target for HOTS this year with an outstanding 55% which translated to 506 hired-on-the-spot applicants.
Forty (40) soon to be employed applicants dubbed as near-hires will only need to undergo further interview and submit lacking documents to be gainfully employed in their chosen field of work.
While most applicants chose to be gainfully employed, around 134 of them were referred to TESDA for Skills Training to further equip them with skills needed to land a suitable job or livelihood.
Aside from the job fairs, other activities were also held to mark the occasion: Livelihood Fair, Diskwento Fair, Business Orientation & Consultation, Release of Livelihood Checks and Starter Kits, Medical Mission and Bloodletting, One-Stop-Shop, DOLE Clinics, Raffles, Sports Fest, Talentadong Obrero and skills demo. (ALT-PIA9/Zamboanga Sibugay/With reports from Karen Claire Q. Grafia-DOLE9)