By Leslie Ann Aquino
For the Department of Labor and Employment, job fairs are one of the most effective tools in providing jobs for Filipinos.
“Definitely (its effective). If you recall in our last job fair in Pampanga, we had about 9,000 actual employment…That’s big. This is for regular employment,” Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said in an interview at the San Andres Sports Complex in Manila, where the job fair for the National Capital Region was held, Tuesday.
DOLE Bureau of Local Employment Director Dominique Tutay agreed with Bello even citing the result of the latest Labor Force Survey by the Philippine Statistics Agency showing that the employment rate had risen to 94.9% and the unemployment has declined to 5.1%.
“Based on the April 2019 LFS we were able to generate new employment,” she said.
“One of the reasons cited by NEDA was the job fairs that we are doing together with the help of other government agencies,” added Tutay.
This, she said was also the reason for the increase in the number of job fairs in the country.
“Every year it has been increasing. From less than a 1,000 before, the job fairs that we conduct are more than a thousand now,” Tutay said.
This, she said is aside from the mini job fairs that their Public Employment Service Office is conducting.
In fact, just before noon at least five job applicants were already hired on the spot at the San Andres Sports Complex.
Secretary Bello even joined them on stage for a photo opportunity.
At least 70,000 local and overseas employment opportunities were made available to jobseekers during the Independence Day job fair of the Labor department on Wednesday
Among the local jobs available were for the positions of production machine operators, production worker/factory workers, customer service representatives, call center agents, sewers, sales clerks, cashiers, delivery crew, service crew, and marketing officers.
For overseas employment, the vacancies were for cleaners, professional nurses (general), waiters/waitresses, service crew, company drivers, registered midwife, staff nurse, English teachers (Japan), janitress, barista, technicians (general), and nursing aides.
The said job orders are for Germany, Japan, Bahrain, and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
As of 5 p.m, the DOLE said total HOTS nationwide was already at 2,193 while total Near Hire was at 6,450.
Nearly 20,000 job applicants registered in the job fairs.