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Over 2,000 job applicants flock to gov't jobs fair as nation celebrates 111th Independence Day

Cebu City (June 12) -- Even before the declaration to formally open the mega job and livelihood fairs could start, over 2,000 job applicants and counting have already queued the long stretch of the third floor of the SM City Cebu for the one-day job fair for government agencies in celebration of the 111th Philippine Independence Day.

The government job fair is just one of the main features of the three-day mega job and livelihood fairs which serves as the highlight of the Independence Day observance.

Press Sec. Cerge Remonde who represented the President in Cebu during the simultaneous Flag Raising ceremony nationwide at the Malacañang sa Sugbo also went around the various venues at the SM Mall to check on the different activities initiated for today's event.

Remonde shook hands and interacted with the different applicants at the Trade Hall where over 700 vacancies for government plantilla positions await them.

Moving around the Trade Hall, the press secretary was introduced to the six new recruits of the Police Regional Office (PRO-7) where two were overseas Filipino workers and another was a commercial basketball player of M. Lhuillier who opted to work in the government citing security of tenure as the main reason for applying to become a police officer.

People also flocked to the one-stop shop at the Conference Center AB just near the Trade Hall where various government services are offered including the Dept. of Foreign Affairs, National Statistics Office, Department of Justice for legal assistance, Land Transportation Office and SSS as well as other public assistance from the Civil Service Commission for questions on appointments, Bureau of Internal Revenue, Visayas Ombudsman's Office and the housing fair by the different government housing agencies.

Exhibitors of the 'Bayong Fair' of which the six exhibitors from Cebu, Bohol and Negros Oriental availed of the technical and marketing assistance of the Dept. of Trade and Industry (DTI-7), also showcased the different 'baying' bags for as low as P50 to as high as over P300.

The Bayong Development Program is a project component of the Comprehensive Livelihood Emergency Employment Program (CLEEP) of the DTI which promotes the use of 'bayong' instead of plastic bags as it is more environment-friendly.

In Cebu, the municipality of Barili has been the recipient of the DTI-7's Bayong Development Program.

Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE-7) Acting Regional Director Exequiel Sarcauga who gave a rationale of the Independence Day Celebration activities said the three-day mega jobs and livelihood fair is one of the measures undertaken by the Arroyo Administration to cushion the impact of the global economic crisis.

'This is one of the tests on how resilient we are in the face of the global financial crisis and how we have faced such a challenge through united efforts,” Sarcauga said as he cited that the cooperation and support of the rest of the regional line agencies and the private sector as well as the local government units have made today's independence celebration in Cebu a successful one judging by the thousands of people that troop to the various venues at SM Mall. (PIA-Cebu/FCR) [top]

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