677 participate in DPWH jobs fair in Mt Province
by Juliet B. Saley
Bontoc, Mt. Province (28 February) -- A total of 677 applicants filed their applications and were interviewed by representative of the Department of Labor and Employment Mt. Province during the simultaneous nationwide jobs fair conducted by the Department of Public Works and Highways last Monday (Feb. 23).
There were nine local contractors who participated during the jobs fair held at the Mt. Province Engineering District Office. The local contractors include RIM Construction, Chico Engineering Construction, Gapongli Construction, PBO Construction, Likayan Construction, Millicent Construction, Midnorth Construction, Bontoc Builders Construction and Thunderblast Ventures.
Of the total applicants, 253 are hired by the DPWH. The Thunerblast Ventures interviewed 35 applicants, Bontoc Builders Construction interviewed 30 and Midnorth Construction interviewed 25 but these applicants are still for further interview.
Job openings needed by the local contractors are drivers/operator, foreman, skilled and unskilled laborers.
The nationwide jobs fair is part of President Arroyo's job generation program aimed to provide gainful employment to workers displaced/affected by the current global recession; to provide fiscal stimulus to spur economic growth in the locality; and to reduce percentage of unemployment nationwide.
The DPWH entered into a Memorandum of Agreement with the DOLE, the National Construction Association of the Philippines and the Philippine construction association to provide employment.
In the memorandum, the DPWH served as the conduit between the contractors and the job applicants. It assesses the job seeker's capabilities and work assignment and match them with the needs of the contractors while the DOLE is tasked to ensure that the hired workers' rights, salaries and other benefits are well protected. (PIA MP) [top]