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Cebu to highlight June 12 Independence Day with job fairs

Cebu City (June 10) -- As the nation celebrates the 111th Philippine Independence Day on Friday, thousands of jobseekers across the country can check the government-initiated simultaneous job and livelihood fairs dubbed as the biggest and massive nationwide job generation event.

In Cebu, the job and livelihood fairs is scheduled for three days from June 12 until 14 at the SM City Cebu where the kick-off job hiring event will be the national government agencies based in Cebu.

Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE-7) Regional Acting Director Exequiel Sarcauga during the Kapihan sa PIA this morning that tackled the Philippine Independence Day celebration bared that there are 772 job vacancies from various government agencies that will be open on Friday.

The job vacancies represent the mandate of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo for national government agencies to allot 1.5 percent of their Monthly Operating and Other Expenses (MOOE) for hiring of workers on a temporary basis good for six-months under the Comprehensive Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (CLEEP), according to Sarcauga.

Sarcauga said the CLEEP is a priority thrust of the Arroyo Administration aimed at cushioning the impact of the global economic crisis where displaced workers affected by job cuts are given temporary work by the government until such time that they can look for other permanent jobs.

The CLEEP will end in December this year as the government is optimistic that the economy will slowly get back on track while the hired- workers in various government offices will be paid the minimum wage, Sarcauga added.

Sarcauga said even the DOLE-7 is offering 12 job placements.

Department of Agriculture (DA-7) Regional Technical Director for Operations Angel Enriquez in the same forum said their regional office will also be awarding 15 job contracts while the DPWH-7 has committed eight job placements under the CLEEP.

Sarcauga said on Saturday, 50 companies have participated in the local jobs fair that will hire over 1,000 workers while on June 14, the overseas jobs fair to be participated by 35 placement agencies will have 21,000 job orders. Sarcauga however did not elaborate as to particularly what jobs abroad are needed as the data is from the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA-7).

Sarcauga admitted that the unemployment rate in Central Visayas has slightly increased as from October 2007, unemployment rate was pegged at 5.8 percent which hiked to 6.8 percent in three months or January of 2008 while in January this year, unemployment rate in the region has risen to 7.8 percent.

Sarcauga said regions that house export-oriented industries have been affected by the worldwide economic meltdown as witnessed by the slight hike of unemployment rate of which Cebu in Central Visayas is one.

The DOLE-7 official however, remains optimistic that things will get better soon. (PIA-Cebu/FCR) [top]

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