CABAGAN, ISABELA – A total of 1,200 job applicants were lucky enough to get job during the series of job fairs conducted during the month of May supervised by the DOLE Regional Office No. 2. The job fairs were hosted by the city government of Santiago City during labor day celebration, Local Government Units (LGUs) of Cordon for its founding anniversary, San Mateo for its Balatong (mongo) festival and Cabagan for its Mayor Topi Job Fair.
The lucky applicants were selected by the employers from the 2,328 job registrants, 328 of them were hired on the spot while 872 applicants were placed after rigid interviews, trade testing or medical examinations conducted by the employers. They were hired as housekeeping attendant, engineering technician, receptionist, food and beverage supervisor, heavy equipment operators, cashiers, sales agents, accountant, bookkeeper, collection officers, drivers, service crew, encoder, bank teller, domestic helpers and others.
Atty. Sixto T. Rodriguez, Jr., DOLE Region 2 Director commended LGU Cabagan during the Job Fair yesterday, May 1, and all other LGUs for the support especially the organizers for they were able to initiate and coordinate the series of Job Fairs and in harnessing the resources and support of various sectors in trying to solve the unemployment problem in this part of the region.
The Job Fair is one of the special programs being undertaken by the Public Employment Service Offices in coordination with DOLE, other government agencies, employers and employer groups, overseas recruitment agencies, civic organizations and non-government agencies. The job fairs conducted served as a means of reaching out to the unemployed, giving them access to available job opportunities.
“Your coming together to bring more jobs, to give access to employment opportunities to the people is a laudable effort by providing avenue for the reduction of poverty incidence in this region,” Atty. Rodriguez said to the group of employers during the job fair yesterday hosted by LGU Cabagan.
“The Department of Labor and Employment is the agency of the government which has the mandate to promote full employment through manpower training, allocation and utilization. Under the Labor Code of the Philippines, the DOLE is mandated to establish and strengthen the network of public employment office,” Atty. Rodriguez added.
Meanwhile, Pacifico Moralit, DOLE Isabela field Office Head said the number of jobseekers placed is apparently an indication that Job Fair is a good tool to fast-tract employment by bringing together employers/recruitment agencies and jobseekers in one venue at a specific date. “This is to reduce cost, time and effort on the part of jobseekers and employers,” he added.
There were 48 establishments and agencies participated in the series of Job Fairs, 28 are local establishments and 20 overseas recruitment agencies. The participating agencies were armed with 6,948 job vacancies in which 2,026 for local and 4,922 for overseas employment.
DOLE Isabela Field Office is expecting an additional 500 more placement figure this month of June from the agencies participated in the job fairs conducted last month when they submit placement reports on June 5.
Atty. Rodriguez also admonished recruiters to be prudent in the conduct of its recruitment activities. “As long as I am the regional director of DOLE, I will not allow any illegal recruitment to happen. Your license to recruit should not be used to exploit job applicants,” he ended.