Crowds turn out for Kalayaan 2009 jobs fair in Dumaguete
Dumaguete City (13 June) -- Crowds of applicants hopeful to land a job in the midst of the global economic crisis trooped to the one-day Kalayaan 2009 Jobs Fair held June 12 at the Dumaguete City Central School to mark the 111th Philippine Independence Day celebration.
More than 9,000 job openings both local and overseas were up for grabs for qualified applicants during the Jobs Fair.
A total of 18 overseas recruitment agencies screened applicants during the Jobs Fair. The agencies were accepting applicants for more than 300 various positions and skills for employment in 18 job locations across the globe such as Canada, Australia, UAE, Kuwait, Hongkong, Taiwan, Maldives and Malaysia, among others.
Also present to hire workers were local employers here such as the Negros Oriental Chinese Chamber of Commerce, Inc (NOCCCI), Help 4 U for Robinson's Department Store, Teletech and SPI.
The longest line of applicants noticeably led up to the booth of the Help 4 U recruitment agency which were hiring workers for Robinson's Department Store which is set to open a branch in the city.
The one-day Jobs Fair followed the 111th Independence Day rites held just across the Jobs Fair site at the Quezon Park where Finance Secretary Gary Teves gave a speech as the province's guest for said celebration.
Sec. Teves likewise handed out checks worth more than P5M as livelihood grants to hundreds of individuals and non-government associations who benefited from the government's Comprehensive Livelihood Emergency Employment Program (CLEEP).
CLEEP was crafted by Pres. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to protect the country's most vulnerable sectors --- such as the poor, returning expatriates, workers in the export industry, and out-of-school youths, from threats and consequences of reduced or lost income as a consequence of the global economic crisis by providing emergency employment and funding and supervising livelihood projects. (PIA/RMN) [top]