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Iloilo cited for success of "Kalayaan Job and Livelihood Fair"

Iloilo City (19 June) -- The recent Kalayaan Job and Livelihood Fair aimed to cushion the impact of the prevailing global financial crisis to vulnerable sectors held in this city in line with the celebration of the country's 111th Independence Day was a success judging on the participation of the government agencies, the private sector and the target beneficiaries.

According to the Department of Labor and Employment 6 who spearheaded the event a total of 4, 766 jobseekers were able to register during the three-day mega job fair of which 612 were hired on the spot (HOTS) and participated in by 75 government agencies, local companies and private recruitment and placement firms.

Of the 612, around 562 were hired on the spot for short-term and emergency employment by the participating government agencies while the other 50 applicants were hired by the local employers who joined the second day of the job fair on June 13.

On the third day, some 2,279 applicants for overseas employment were interviewed where 626 qualified for final screening.

On the other hand, 3,246 workers benefited from the 83 livelihood funding checks amounting to P15,498,220 distributed by concerned government agencies under their Comprehensive Livelihood and Emergency Employment program (CLEEP) during the awarding ceremony on June 12 attended by Secretary Raul Gonzales, the CLEEP steward in the region.

On the same day, a total of 3,715 beneficiaries received their scholarship certificate awards and education vouchers from the Department of Science and Technology, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Commission on Higher Education, Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) and DOLE while some 385 farmer-beneficiaries from the province of Iloilo got their Certificates of Land Ownership Awards.

More than a thousand people also witnessed the various skill demonstrations facilitated by TESDA and the Department of Agriculture during the three-day event.

The One-stop shop pre-employment services area established by concerned agencies had attracted 517 clients while 93 people benefited from the free legal services provided by the Public Attorney's Office, DAR, National Conciliation and Mediation Board and the National Labor Relations Commission.

Over 198 people availed of the services of the different housing agencies on concerns such as the right of buyers and how to save ones house from forclosures, amongst others.

Some 180 patients also received medical and dental services on June 12 conducted by the Department of Health, Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police. The medicines were provided by the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office.

Online registration also generated some 261 applicants DOLE NARS program with 169, Philhealth 67, and DTI 25.

Around 87 Overseas Filipino Workers dependents were also given the chance to talk with their loved ones abroad through the free call facilitated by the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration in collaboration with Globe Telecom.

An estimated 1,000 spectators also watched the two-day cultural presentation organized by the Department of Tourism at SM City Iloilo which featured Filipino Folk and Pop Dance.

On the other hand, twenty-four establishments in the city in cooperation with the Philippine Retailers' Association Iloilo Chapter and Integrated Sales Force Association of Panay participated in the Diskwento Caravan of the Department of Trade and Industry that offered discount in some basic commodities from June 12 to 14. (PIA) [top]

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