Palace encourages jobless journalists, displaced media workers to join Freedom Day Job Fair on June 12

June 4, 2009 1:53 pm 

By Joel C. Atencio

MANILA, June 4 – Malacañang on Thursday encouraged jobless journalists and other laid-off media workers to join job seekers at the three-day "Kalayaan 2009 Mega Job and Livelihood Fair" starting on June 12 at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila and other parts of the country.

At the same time, Deputy Presidential Spokesman Dr. Anthony Golez appealed to private and government media outfits or firms to “set up shop” in the job fairs to provide employment to many unemployed or laid-off journalists, writers, advertising executives and other media practitioners.

Golez made the reaction after Malacañang received reports that in most job fairs, there are only one or two kiosks or booths represented by at least two media outfits or ad agencies.

Reports also reaching Malacañang indicate that some laid-off journalists, media workers as well as mass communication graduates end up as call center agents, teachers, realty agents and freelance workers due to the absence of media firms in the job fairs.

A jobless journalist was looking for a job for almost two years but when he availed of the government’s Comprehensive Livelihood and Emergency Employment Package (CLEEP), he landed a job at state-run news agency.

”First, I got this call center job for a month and other odd jobs before landing a news correspondent’s work at a government-ran news agency. Thank God, I’m pulling through,” the unidentified journalist said.

Golez said over 170,000 jobs in private companies and government agencies will be offered to job seekers at the "Kalayaan 2009 Mega Job and Livelihood Fair."

The three-day job fair, to be held at the Luneta Quirino Grandstand, is part of the national government's celebration of the country's 111th Independence Day.

Labor Undersecretary Lourdes Trasmonte said the government owned and control companies and government financial institutions will also offer jobs during the fair.

Some 950 companies pledged to join in the job fair, which will also provide livelihood training and free legal services from state lawyers.

"Even non-degree holders could apply for various positions in both local and foreign companies," Transmonte said in a press briefing.

Government agencies nationwide will also award about 30,000 emergency jobs to displaced and other unemployed workers under the emergency employment program of President Arroyo.

Under the program, local government units and other government offices, including government-owned corporations and state schools at the provincial and regional levels will employ temporary workers in accordance with the President's Executive Order No. 782.

The order provides for the temporary filling up of vacancies in the government using 1.5 percent of a government agency's maintenance and other operating expenses (MOOE).

She also urged applicants to register this early for the Kalayaan job fair via the PhilJobnet system so they can be prioritized by firms joining the three-day job fair.

Those who register with the system at will let participating firms and agencies pre-screen applicants and subsequently hasten the selection and on-the-spot hiring of qualified applicants, she said.

Hans Leo Cacdac, deputy administrator of the Philippine Overseas Employment Agency, said job seekers could also apply for 75,000 employment opportunities abroad on June 14.

The Kalayaan 2009 Mega Job and Livelihood Fair will be held simultaneously in 19 cities nationwide on June 12, 13, and 14 to mark the country's celebration of Independence Day. (PNA) LAP/JCA


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