About 893 applicants joined the annual Independence Day Kalayaan job fair of the Department of Labor and Employment Region 6 at the 888 Premier Mall in Bacolod City yesterday.
Agnes Capigon, DOLE Negros Occidental head, said the number of jobseekers this year is slightly lower compared to last year’s with 927, but she believes the agency-organized Kalayaan Job and Livelihood Fair was still successful.
She said 37 applicants were hired on-the-spot. They applied at local companies, such as in manufacturing and fast food restaurants. She also said there were 468 qualified applicants and 567 nearly hired by the employers, or those who still need to undergo further interviews.
DOLE had said earlier that 7,300 vacancies were up for grabs at the fair, with 2,900 jobs from 26 local employers and 4,440 from eight overseas firms.
It also said that DOLE’s partner agencies, like the National Labor Relations Commission, Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, PhilHealth, Pag-IBIG, Department of Trade and Industry, Social Security System, and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority joined the Kalayaan job fair.
“It’s important that in activities like this, we have a one-stop shop of agencies so there will be intervention,” Capigon said.
Meanwhile, the DOLE Region 6 also held an on-the-spot poster-making contest as part of this year’s World Day Against Child Labor.
“This is an activity to raise awareness to the public about the thrust of the government in preventing and eliminating child labor in the country,” Capigon said.
Winning first place in the elementary category was Samantha Alacap of Fernando F. Gonzaga Elementary School, followed by Nathalie Araujo of Handumanan Elem. School at second place, and Chelsey Anne Padilla of Handumanan Elem. School in third place.
For the secondary category, the first placer was Julie Montaño of Handumanan National High School, Aldrich Rey Balgomera of Domingo Lacson National High School at second place, and Jwennyth Wackyn Lim of Handumanan National High School in third place.*
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