Baguio City – A total of 544 jobseekers were “hired on the spot” (HOTS) while hundreds of others were up for tests and interview in the recent Labor day Job and Business Fairs participated in by thirty eight (38) local employers and fourteen (14) Overseas Recruitment Agencies held at the Baguio City National High School (BCNHS) Main Campus, here.

In a report submitted to Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III by DOLE CAR OIC Regional Director Exequiel Ronie A. Guzman, of the 3,824 job seekers who trooped to the BCNHS Main Campus 544 were hired on the spot (HOTS) of which translates to four hundred ninety seven (497) local hires and forty seven (47) for Overseas, 1,928 others were near hire applicants, 109 job applicants referred to the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) while sixty four job applicants referred to the Bureau of Workers With Special Concerns (BWSC) for livelihood assistance and seventy six (76) job applicants referred to the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) for business opportunity. A total of seventy five (75) job applicants were referred to participating government agencies.

There were 2,690 local jobs from thirty eight (38) companies and establishments in Baguio City and 16,244 overseas job vacancies available from the fourteen (14) participating Overseas Recruitment Agencies. The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the City Government of Baguio also joined the activity to recruit interested individuals to join their respective agencies.

The one-day event is a joint undertaking by the DOLE-Cordillera Administrative region, the Public Employment and Service Office (PESO) of the City Government of Baguio and the Department of Trade and Industry in partnership with PagIbig Fund, Social Security System, Employees Compensation Commission, OWWA, PRC, Occupational Safety and Health Center, National Reintegration Center for OFWs, TESDA, POEA, NLRC, NCMB and the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB) Director Guzman said.

During the event there will be several activities lined up for the Job and Business Fairs Activities including One Stop Shop Government Center, livelihood fairs and the Health and Wellness Center.

Guzman also said the labor department continues to look for ways and means in making employment and livelihood closer to the Cordillerans by conducting job fairs with the assistance of various LGUs in the region.

“There are thousands of job opportunities that our job seekers can apply for and the top local jobs with the most number of vacancies are: teachers (580), customer service representatives (380), retail and sales agent (300), collection specialists (150), production operators (100), cashiers (56), sales associates (55), bookkeepers (33), reservation specialists (32) and tour guides (30) and while overseas employment, the top vacancies are nurses (2,431); agricultural workers (929). Food and Beverage Staff (778), skilled workers (various specialization 542), technician (463), engineers (various fields 427), bakers (320), operator (283), electrician (266) and casino supervisors (210) Guzman stressed.

The DOLE has programs in addressing job mismatch such as conducting nationwide job fairs, JobStart program, and through the PhilJobNet where job seekers can easily look for jobs which suits their skills and competitiveness online.

The Guest of Honor and Speakesr for the 2018 Labor Day Celebration are DOLE Assistant Secretary Federico B. Abuan, Jr. and Baguio City Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan. Also present are OWWA-CAR Regional Director Evelyn Laranang, DTI Regional Director Myrna Pablo, Atty. Majelin Simon of POEA-CAR, Atty. George Fortea, PESO Baguio Manager, DOLE-CAR Assistant Regional Director Jesus Elpidio Atal, Jr., DOLE-CAR TSSD Chief George Lubin, Jr., DOLE-Baguio Benguet Field Office head Emerito Narag and DTI Director Freda Gawisan .

There were ten (10) DOLE-CAR assisted Livelihood Associations participated in the livelihood fair, three from the OWWA and six (6) from DTI and also other job fair goers availed of business counseling from DTI-CAR and the Government Program, Services and Advocacy Booth featuring Information materials on the various services and programs of all participating government agencies and also a wellness center were there was free massage, haircut and make up services and free international calls courtesy of the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT).

END/Patrick T Rillorta

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