From the Department of Labor and Employment
Secretary of Labor and Employment Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday expressed satisfaction over the successful conduct of the Department of Labor and Employment’s (DOLE’s) 2013 Kalayaan Job Fair in Metro Manila in connection with the 116th Independence Day celebration, highlighted by a record number of near-hires reaching 10,857. There were also 579 applicants hired-on-the-spot.
“I congratulate the 579 hired-on-the-spot applicants. I wish them well in their new careers. I also congratulate the 10,857 near-hires. I am confident they will also make it and find their dream jobs,” Baldoz said after receiving the report of the DOLE-NCR on the conduct of the Independence Day Job Fair.
Near hires are job applicants who were registered for further interview by the employers. Some of them may just have to submit one or two documentary requirements, or be subjected for further assessment, or may need a short training, before a decision to hire them is finally made.
“The job fair is a DOLE strategy to facilitate job matching and placement of workers, with the desired outcome of enhancing the employability of workers and competitiveness of enterprises,” said Baldoz.
“The DOLE works to make it easy and fast for jobseekers to find jobs that fits their qualifications, interests, and career inclinations,” she added.
Anchored on the theme, “Pagsunod sa Yapak ng mga Dakilang Pilipino, Tungo sa Malawakan at Permanenteng Pagbabago,” the DOLE Kalayaan Job Fair was held at the South Drive of the Rizal Park in Manila from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on June 12.
According to Baldoz, the celebration of the nation’s independence was a timely occasion for the DOLE to facilitate workers’ and employers’ search for jobs and skills through the job fair.
She expressed thanks to all DOLE’s partners who helped made the 2014 Kalayaan Job Fair successful. “The joint efforts of the DOLE, its partner agencies, and the private sector affirm the heightened partnership among government, industry, and other sectors in generating more job opportunities for the jobseekers who trooped to the job fair,” Baldoz said.
The DOLE-National Capital Region had reported that 4,370 job applicants–2,032 of them for local employment and 2,032 for overseas employment–vied for the 35,546 vacancies–20,546 of which are local and 15,000 overseas–offered by 124 employers–124 of which are local and 21 are overseas–who participated in the job fair.
Of the total registered applicants, 1,952 qualified. Of the 579 who here hired-on-the-spot, 502 were for local positions while 77 were for overseas vacancies. A total of 9,601 applicants for local vacancies were listed for further interview, while 1,256 applicants were for further interview for overseas vacancies.
The DOLE-NCR report also said government agencies that participated at the job fair are reviewing applications from a total of 1,206 job applicants. In detail, the Philippine National Police has 174 applications to process; Philippine Army, 118; Philippine Air Force, 208; Department of Social Welfare and Development, 414; Bureau of Internal Revenue, 175; and Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace Process, 117.
The DOLE had set-up a one-stop shop at the event so that job seekers can easily access documentation and advisory services from various government agencies.” The National Bureau of Investigation served 229 clients; Bureau of Internal Revenue, 174; PhilHealth, 176; Pag-Ibig, 96; Social Security System, 89; and Professional Regulation Commission, 22.
The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority was also present during the job fair—providing free haircut and massage services to 620 clients. Likewise, SMART’s Libreng Tawag has been availed by 116 jobseekers; while free photocopying service, by Philcopy Corp. and Smart Corp., have been availed by 2,416 jobseekers.
Baldoz said the DOLE will monitor the result of the job fair. “Like in the past, we will give employers a month to process the volume of job applications. So, jobseekers should not worry about not getting hired-on-the-spot by companies because the employers will continue to process their applications despite the job fair being only a one-day event,” she said.