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717 applicants hired on the spot during Labor Day 'jobs live'

by Lito Dar

Baguio City (15 May) -- More than 3,000 people trooped at the Baguio Convention Center during the Labor Day jobs fair dubbed as "Jobs Live," last May 1 and 2, either to try their luck for employment, avail of government service clinics or wellness services and other assistance like the "libreng tawag" (free international call) by the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company.

The Labor Day Jobs Fair is a nationwide project of the government which aims to help our countrymen in gaining employment.

The Baguio Jobs fair was spearheaded by the City Public Employment Service Office, in partnership with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE-CAR) and in coordination with other government line-agencies.

According to DOLE Regional Director Ana Dione, the Jobs Live had a good turn-out with 69 companies, both local and overseas, participating. 717 individuals were hired-on-the-spot (HOTS) with 671 for local employment and 46 for overseas deployment.

Overall, there were 3,251 applicants who were interviewed or were given referrals.

122 benefitted from PLDT's free international call while 504 individuals availed of the different government service clinics booths.

Aside from employment opportunity, DOLE-CAR introduced an innovation putting up a booth that offered Worktrep services to fresh graduates. It is a livelihood assistance program being offered to the new graduates who want to try to put up a small business.

More than 100 newly graduates registered for Worktrep program during the two-days fair.

According to Dione, about 60 projects or livelihood proposals are already being considered for approval by the DOLE. They expect to provide a total estimated amount of P300,000 in livelihood assistance to all of those who will be approved.

Meanwhile, DOLE announced that there will be a Jobs Fair at the Lednicky Hall at the La Trinidad, Benguet Municipal Building on May 29. The said Jobs fair is initiated by the La Trinidad PESO, in partnership with the HELP English Language Program Inc. – Korean School. 35 local and overseas employment companies have been invited to join in this fair. (PIA) [top]

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