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Kalayaan job fair transforms into Sunday family event

Iloilo City (17 June) -- The 2009 Kalayaan Job and Livelihood Fair became a Sunday family event for the Pedutem family of San Rafael, Iloilo.

Ma. Theresa Pedutem and her husband, together with their two children were among the thousands who went to the Amigo Plaza Mall and took advantage of the different activities featured during the last day of the fair.

On June 13, Theresa said she went to the city and was able to pass by Amigo Plaza Mall, the venue of the job fair, but due to time constraints she decided to return the next day and brought her family who were staying in a nearby town during the weekend.

Theresa, a mother of five, is a clerk of San Rafael National High School who hopes to get an overseas job as her salary and that of her husband, a farmer, cannot already cope the needs of their family.

"Indi gid mag-igo akon sweldo, gaeleskwela ang kabataan," said Pedutem.

While Theresa and husband, James with four-year old Jade in tow hop from one table to another inquiring about job vacancies, their eight-year old daughter busied herself in the different booths of government agencies that displayed the various products of their programs and the cake demonstration done by the scholars of the Pangulong Gloria Scholarships of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority.

On the other hand, twenty-seven year old Arnel Tagala of Palawan also hopes to land an overseas job that he travelled all the way from Brgy.Laguna, Guimbal, where he is currently staying after receiving a text message from his cousin about the job fair.

His contract as a messenger in a bank in Palawan ended in December 2008 and since then he was jobless.

A college drop-out, Tagala said he wants to work abroad for the bigger pay to help his mother and four other siblings in this challenging time.

Both Theresa and Arnel said the government-initiated job fair made it easier and convenient for them to look for jobs.

The three-day event which is part of the 111th Philippine Independence Day celebration in the region closed with 612 applicants hired on the spot and around 8,103 applicants referred to the various agencies that joined the fair. (PIA) [top]

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