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Jobs await applicants on Independence Day

by Michael Vincent D. Cajulao

Zamboanga City (8 June) -- This year's Independence Day celebration will be very different from all past celebrations Zamboanga City ever had. There will be no beautiful but costly floats to be paraded around the city streets. No long, traffic-causing parade.

Instead, all traffic leads to one place during the 111th Independence Day Celebration on June 12, the Summit Center in Tetuan. For the biggest jobs fair yet in the city will be conducted from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at the said place.

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo ordered all local governments and national line agencies to do away w/ the traditional floats and parade w/c cost the country millions of pesos. Instead, make the celebration more meaningful and worthwhile by providing job opportunities for the people.

The Department of Labor and Employment IX, together with the city government, will spearhead this year's fete dubbed as Kalayaan 2009.

DOLE IX has released a list of number of job opportunities w/c will be filled up come June 12. There 349 local vacancies and 13, 121 job orders for overseas deployment waiting for job seekers. For local jobs, positions listed are production crews, IT programmer, call center agents, chemists and medical technologists, marketing officer and office staff like clerk, cashier, bookkeeper and secretarial jobs. Overseas employment includes skilled workers like mason draftsman and others, medical personnel like doctors, nurses and caregiver among others, domestic helpers, hotel and restaurant service crews, IT analysts, programmer and other related jobs, engineers, last but not least business management staff and accountants. Job sites for these jobs are in Qatar, UAE, Singapore, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Canada, Jordan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Cyprus, Australia, Oman, Kuwait, Bahrain and Indonesia. These job orders were submitted by 15 recruitment agencies that will participate on Friday.

Aside from these, the national government, through the Comprehensive Livelihood Emergency Employment Program or CLEEP, will be awarding employment contracts, training and scholarship grants, livelihood checks, and will also be filling up of vacancies in the government sector.

DOLE IX is calling on all interested job seekers to undergo pre-registration at DOLE Zamboanga City Office or at STI college on or before June 11, 2009, from 8:00 am 5:00 pm. Pre-registration is now going on.

Applicants are reminded to bring with them all pertinent documents like Philjobnet ID Card or referral slip for those who availed of the pre-registration, updated biodata, original and photocopy of birth certificate, diploma, transcript of records and other training or eligibility certificates with their pictures. Walk-in participants are also advised to bring all documents mentioned except for the Philjobnet card.

For those looking to open up their own business, there will also be career advancement and entrepreneurial counseling booth and skills demonstration, product display entre-negosyo film viewing and job seekers' guide to successful job placement.

DOLE IX and the city government of Zamboanga are also enjoining the public to attend the flag ceremony and wreath-laying at Rizal monument fronting the city hall at 7:30 am, before the jobs fair. (PIA ZC) [top]

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