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147 jobseekers Hired On-the-Spot on Labor Day Job Fair in Region 6

The number represents about 19 percent of the 780 qualified applicants wherein 143 are for local employment and 4 for overseas placement.


It is expected to increase in the next few days once the participating local companies and overseas recruitment agencies, which reported a near-hire of 463 jobseekers, will start giving feedbacks on the result of their assessment or further interview of the applicants.


The job fair gathered around 1,546 jobseekers in the venue who braved the sweltering heat so as to get a chance of getting hired. A significantly better number of qualified applicants was observed this year numbering to 780, or 50 per cent of the registered applicants as compared to 290, or 28 per cent of the 1,019 applicants registered in 2016.


Twenty-two year old Pearl Ann Launio of Molo, Iloilo City was one of the lucky applicants.

Ann graduated in 2016 from a state university in Iloilo City and was unemployed since then.

She was so determined to find a job this year thus when she heard about the coming Labor Day Job Fair, she asked from the local government of Iloilo City the details of the said event. She then prepared her resume, transcript of records, diploma and other relevant documents.


When that big day came, Ann went to the area with so much hope that she could be considered for a certain job. Luckily, she was hired as sales associate by a certain company engaged in retail trade.


Ann could not contain her happiness. She was so happy and excited to work in this company. When asked if the job fair enabled her to achieve her goal that day, she replied “Yes. The job fair was a big help in my effort to find an employment.”


Ann advised those who were not hired not to lose hope as they might be considered for a position in the next job fair.


Another lucky jobseeker was 21-year old Alona Pelobello of Jaro, Iloilo City.


A fresh graduate and inexperienced, Alona learned about the job fair from her parents. Upon their advised, she prepared several copies of her resume, photo, and other documents. She has a strong resolve to find a job so she can help her parents.


Fortunately, Alona was hired as accounting staff by a certain hospital that joined the job fair. When she learned that she was considered for the position, the first thing that came into her mind was to help her parents.


When asked how the job fair was able to help her she said, “The job fair gave me a worthwhile experience in my search for employment. To look for a job is not easy, especially if you are a fresh graduate. I am fortunate that I was considered despite my being inexperienced.”


For this year’s Labor Day job fair, 86 local companies and overseas recruitment agencies participated which offered about 19,966 vacancies.


Aside from the Labor Day Job and Business Fairs, the Region also provided Help Desk wherein all members of the DOLE family of agencies, along with the Social Security System, PagIBIG, PhilHealth, Department of the Trade and Industry (DTI), and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), joined and assisted a total of 107 jobseekers.


For other assistance, some 37 jobseekers were referred to the TESDA for skills training, 2 were referred to DOLE’s livelihood assistance, and 21 to DTI for business opportunity.


The Region also conducted Employment Coaching and Entrepreneurship Advocacy, in partnership with the DTI, which covered the topics on life skills, labor relations, and livelihood program, as well as on entrepreneurship with testimonies/sharing from successful entrepreneurs. A total of 57 jobseekers, mostly millennials, attended this activity.


Meanwhile and as part of the 2017 Labor Day celebration, the Region launched on April 29, 2017 the DOLE Clinic which aimed to provide efficient assistance to workers requiring information on their statutory benefits, rights and other related issues as well as to facilitate the effective and efficient delivery of DOLE programs and services.


To raise the level of awareness of workers in the informal economy, it also conducted Livelihood Forum on April 29, 2017 on the DOLE’s various programs and services, specifically on livelihood, attended by 60 informal sector workers.



On the other hand, the DOLE livelihood beneficiaries, Baje Weavers and Federation of Sicogon Farmers and Fisherfolks’ Association, earned a total of P23,715.00 after showcasing their produce in the Weekend Tienda in Iloilo, a project of the Regional Development Council 6 and partners to promote the produce of local farmers, which culminated with the Labor Day Job and Business Fairs.

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