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Independence Day Job Fair places 147 jobseekers on-the-spot

Another 147 jobseekers have found employment in the just concluded Independence Day Job and Business Fairs, according to Department of Labor and Employment Region 6 Director Henry John S. Jalbuena.

Hundreds of jobseekers flock to the venue of the 119th Kalayaan Day Job and Business Fairs to grab a job.


Jalbuena said those hired on-the-spot (HOTs) represent around 25 per cent of the 595 qualified applicants, the highest so far that Region 6 has achieved.

In 2016, the Region recorded a total of 95 HOTS, or 23 per cent of the 411 qualified applicants.

One lucky job seeker was twenty-two year old Ma. Mycel B. Cagayuman who have been jobless for almost six months.

Mycel learned about the Job Fair while watching TV Patrol. She immediately informed her friends and, together, they prepared their papers.

When that big day came, Mycel and her friend went to the venue and were impressed of how organized the area, especially the flow of the job fair. She happily shared that they did not experience any difficulty from the time they went to the registration area up to the time they were interviewed.

“This is one of the features of the job fair which I really like. Everything is in order and lots of companies, which offered numerous jobs, are joining,” said Mycel.

Mycel was hired as a sales associate of a company engaged in retail trade.

To inspire other jobseekers, she urged them not to lose hope but to continue joining the job fair.

Twenty years old Elaine Grace Penas, a fresh graduate from a state university in Iloilo City was another lucky jobseeker.

Grace learned about the Job and Business Fairs when she saw the tarpaulin hanging in front of the DOLE office; thus, she immediately prepared her credentials.

Grace said she joined the job fair so she could find a job and help her family.

“I was so happy when the HR congratulated and informed me that I was hired on-the spot. This is my first job and I am so excited to start. This can help me improve my knowledge and myself as well, especially in dealing with people,” shared Grace.

Like Mycel, Grace was also impressed with how effective the Job Fair in assisting the jobseekers in their search for jobs.

“It is very easy to look for a job because numerous companies are participating and offering their vacancies. The manager only scans résumé and conducts interview and, if everything is okay, the jobseeker is hired on-the-spot,” she said.

The 2017 Kalayaan Day Job and Business Fairs also generated 207 total near hire which means that more qualified jobseekers will be placed in the next few weeks once concerned companies have completed their final evaluation.

Meanwhile and as part of the Job and Business Fairs, 95 job applicants were referred to Technical Education and Skills Development Authority for skill training while the DOLE was able to assist an officer of a women’s organization on how to access to its livelihood program.


The Department of Trade and Industry also served around 127 jobseekers and those planning to venture in business undertaking while the DOLE Clinic/Help Desk served a total of 22 jobseekers and walk-in clients.

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