Nakapag-apply na ako noon sa iba-ibang kumpanya, lahat di ako nakuha. Pero ngayon, nakahanap naman na ako ng hanapbuhay (I applied in different companies before, but I was not accepted. However, I finally found my source of employment today),” said Ace Inoe Kios, a 32 year old resident of Baguio City, during an interview last June 12, 2022 at the recently-held 124th Kalayaan Day Job Fair at the Bishop Carlito Cenzon Sports Center .

The whole day endeavor was spearheaded by the Department of Labor and Employment – Cordillera Administrative Region (DOLE-CAR) and Baguio-Benguet Field Office (DOLE-BBFO), in partnership with Department of Trade and Industry (DTI-CAR), Public Employment Service Office (PESO-Baguio), and generously hosted by the Saint Louis University (SLU) which also provided for the venue. A roster of government agencies also offered their services to the public through the One-Stop-Shop .

The 124th Kalayaan Day Trabaho, Negosyo, Kabuhayan (TNK) Face-to-Face Job Fair presented 2,418 local and overseas vacancies to job-hopefuls. The event recorded more than 1,000 registered applicants, of which 820 individuals vied for local work and 267 for overseas.

DOLE-CAR Regional Director Nathaniel Lacambra CESO III, urged the applicants to submit multiple applications to the vacancies they prefer, to maximize their effort and increase the possibility of employment. He encouraged the applicants to keep on persevering and find their inspiration through their loved ones.

Through the One-Stop-Shop, 37 jobseekers were referred to the TESDA to compliment and upskill their portfolio, while 18 applicants were endorsed to the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) or Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns (BWSC) for possible livelihood assistance.

131 applicants were similarly referred to other participating government agencies for necessary services.

The job fair resulted in six successful Hired-On-The-Spot (HOTS), and 580 near-hires for local employment and 258 for overseas. The near-hire applicants need only to submit additional requirements, or attend further interviews/tests.

As one of the fortunate HOTS applicants, Mr. Kios’ expression of relief, excitement, and happiness is the face of the five other applicants.

Like the many registered applicants, Mr. Kios walked in as a mere hopeful in the vast shroud of work opportunities during the Job Fair, but he walked out – with a just a little bit more glimmer for the brighter days ahead.

Since he previously worked abroad as a welder at Saudi Arabia, a private miner in Cordillera, and recently as a scaffolder in Japan; Ace knew how important it is to find good employment.

He mentioned his gratefulness in finally overcoming his ordeal with unemployment.

The same sentiment holds true for the five other fellow HOTS applicants, who will soon be starting their own careers in different work places.

His hard work and persistence paid off upon the announcement of a favorable outcome for his career, which will help in alleviating the medical bills for his family.

Like the many registered applicants, Mr. Kios walked in as a mere hopeful in the vast shroud of work opportunities during the Job Fair, but he walked out – with a just a little bit more glimmer for the brighter days ahead.

 

END//Daryll B. Ponard
LEO III-FNLI