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DOLE holds job fair for 2,900 displaced NCCC mall workers

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By Antonio L. Colina IV

Davao City – Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in Davao Region is conducting a two-day job fair that started Sunday for around 2,900 displaced NCCC Mall Davao workers as part of the agency’s intervention to help them land new jobs after a fire last December 23, 2017 destroyed the four-story mall here.

DOLE 11 communication office Kriztja Marae Labrador said a total of 7, 205 job vacancies are up for grabs –5,142 overseas and 2,063 domestic – from February 25 to 26, at the Davao City Recreation Center.

For local employment, job applicants may choose from positions in business process outsourcing, or as sales representatives, management trainees, service crew, field coordinator, stock clerks, assistant store managers, marketing professionals, online English tutors, and salesmen.

For abroad, jobs available include those for nurses, cleaners, service crew, waiters/waitresses, household workers services, laborers, merchandisers, technicians, barista, and engineers.

Labrador said that the job fair was undertaken as part of DOLE’s intervention to help the fire victims get long-term employment.

As of 11:30 a.m. Sunday, the total applicants registered were 79 for local and 27 overseas; 63 qualified outright for local jobs and 14 for overseas; and seven were hired on the spot for local employment and six for overseas, Labrador said.

The NCCC Mall Davao fire left 38 people dead – 37 were call center agents of Survey Sampling International (SSI) and a key custodian of the mall – after being trapped on the fourth floor of the mall where the office of call center was located.

The fire, which took firefighters more than a day to put out, was reportedly caused by electrical short circuit in the ceiling of the third mall.

Based on the investigation, the Interagency Anti-Arson Task Force found that NCCC Mall Davao and its tenant Survey Sampling International (SSI) failed to comply with fire safety requirements as it found lapses in the setup of the mall’s fire alarm, sprinkler system, and fire exits.

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