DOLE 'Kalayaan Job Fair' attracts thousands of job seekers

June 12, 2012 9:48 pm 

By Modesto Antonio G. Ibarra

MANILA, June 12 –- The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Independence Day job fair, dubbed 'Kalayaan Job Fair' held Tuesday at the Rizal Park in Manila, attracted thousands of job seekers.

Vice President Jejomar S. Binay, assisted by Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim, cut the ceremonial ribbon officially opening the job fair right after the Freedom Day rites held at the Rizal Monument.

Job hopefuls, braving the early morning downpour, trooped to the Lagoon area of the Rizal Park as early as sunrise to grab the first opportunity of getting hired.

DOLE-NCR Director Andrea Cabansag said as of 9:30 in the morning, 1,600 applicants have registered to the DOLE registration booth, and 113 local and 36 overseas employers have thus far participated.

Cabansag also said at that same time, 25 have already been hired as customer service, production worker, cadet engineer, data encoder, office staff warehouse man and driver.

For overseas employment opportunities, the top destinations include Australia, Brunei, Singapore, Taiwan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Oman, Mozambique, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.

The Philippine National Police (PNP) was also screening 3,000 new police applicants.

The Technological Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) offered free haircut and massage to the public, and showcased a skills demonstration on barista (coffee making) and flair tending (wine mixing).

The public also availed of the free legal and medical services, courtesy of the DOLE Family of Agencies.

In a statement, DOLE Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said the job fair aims to liberate Filipinos from poverty by providing them with job opportunities.

"… the DOLE will be one with the whole nation in the celebration, but our main consideration is to free our workers from poverty through job facilitation, hence, this job fair," she said.

Baldoz said 143 companies will take part in the job fair, which is part of the 114th Independence Day celebration with the theme, “Kalayaan: Pananagutan ng Bayan para sa Tuwid na Daan.”

The 143 companies include 113 local employers offering some 33,000 local jobs; and 30 land- and sea-based licensed overseas recruitment agencies with 10,000 prospective jobs.

Most of the local job vacancies for professional and technical-vocational workers include such positions as: accountants,account executives,architects,bakers,baristas,bookkeepers,brand specialists,call center agents,cashiers,copy writers,cooks drivers,encoders,electricians,engineers,foremen,forklift operators,HR managers,HR staff,interior designers,massage therapists,mechanics,medical representatives,pharmacists programmers,restaurant managers,riders,surveyors,systems administrators,waiters,web developers,IT staff,training managers,researchers,secretaries,tellers,utility workers, and welders.

Overseas jobs include vacancies for nurses, physical therapists, all types of engineers, construction workers, welders, CAD draftsmen, safety and health officers, cooks, architects, painters, 3D animators, landscapers, quality control inspectors, dental, laboratory and X-ray technicians, hotel workers, and drivers. (PNA)

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