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Ifugao job fair registers 665 applicants

by Dan B. Codamon

LAGAWE, Ifugao (22 September) -- The job fair held on September 14 at the Lagawe Central School open gymnasium registered a total number of 665 applicants for the 5,027 job vacancies for local and overseas employment.

Report gathered from the Department of Labor and Employment based in the province who supervised the affair disclosed that of the 665 who applied, 249 were for local employment of which 25 were not qualified and 5 were hired on the spot for the 950 jobs available.

On the other hand, of the 4,071 job vacancies for overseas employment, 416 applicants were listed of which 4 were not qualified while the rest were interviewed, told to fulfill certain requirements and also given instructions and advices.

The five hired on the spot were for local employment as call center employees by the Megaworld Corporation doing business in Manila while the rest were also told to further accomplish some other requirements.

The jobs available for local employment also include bank tellers, cashiers, professionals, real estate agents and engineers while for overseas are nurses, skilled workers, domestic helpers, professionals and engineers.

There were three companies who participated and provided services for local employment. These are the Megaworld Corporation, the Allied Bank and BPI Bank while there are 10 recruitment agencies for work abroad.

The September job fair noted an increase in the number of jobseekers who applied as compared with the previous ones which may be due to the intensive information dissemination by the DOLE and the provincial government of Ifugao.

The increased participation according to Isabelita Codamon, DOLE Provincial field officer, may also indicate the realization of the jobseekers of the importance of job fairs and the stark reality that there is still exist the problem of unemployment.

She added that as additional service for the benefit of jobseekers abroad, their office is coordinating with the Department of Foreign Affairs for the conduct of mobile passporting in the province. (PIA Ifugao) [top]

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