8,000 jobs open in 3-day jobs fair at Dagupan CSI City Mall June 21-23
By Danny O Sagun
Dagupan City (22 June) -- More than 8,000 jobs await applicants at the three-day Job and Livelihood Fair at the CSI City Mall in barangay Lucao here, according to Regional Director Henry John Jalbuena of the Department of Labor and Employment.
In his message during the opening program yesterday morning, Jalbuena said that job opportunities abroad get the bulk of the vacancies with 5,189 openings. There are 2,183 local vacancies and 675 government openings.
Vice-Mayor Belen Fernandez, in her welcome address, said the jobs fair was held in conjunction with the 62nd Agew na Dagupan celebration. She said the CSI City Mall along with the other CSI stores in the city offer discounts under the Diskwento Plus program of the city, the Department of Trade and Industry and DOLE.
Aside from job placements, the fair also saw awarding of scholarship grants to deserving students under the One Town One Scholar (OTOS) program and launching of other programs to include student financial assistance, out of school youth achievers, outstanding community learning center, vocational rehabilitation for persons with disabilities, workers income augmentation, work entrepreneurship, youth entrepreneurship, and the Nurses Assigned in Rural Service (NARS).
Government agencies during the course of the three-day fair also extend their respective services to their clients. A seminar for business opportunities and a film showing on livelihood projects were also scheduled.
Jalbuena told a press conference later that Region 1 is an "employment gainer" because of the increase in the number of workers from 1.7 million in January 2008 to 1.8 million in January this year despite the onset of the global financial crisis. He said that only 208 workers were laid off in Region 1 including the 14 workers of the Amianan Motors. The rest were Overseas Filipino Workers from Taiwan.
He also lauded the efforts of some local government units to sponsor training programs like that one in Alcala town which already produced skilled welders some of whom are now working abroad.
The jobs fair here replicated the Mega Jobs and Livelihood Fair held last June 12 in San Fernando City in La Union and in various parts of the country as the nation on that day celebrated Independence Day. (PIA Pangasinan) [top]