BAGUIO CITY – the Charter Day jobs fair in this mountain resort is a roaring success after it recorded a high number of applicants ‘hired on the spot’ here.
At least 388 applicants for local employment and 13 for overseas employment were hired on the spot during the Baguio Charter Day jobs fair last September 9 at the Baguio Convention Center.
The jobs fair was sponsored by the City government and spearheaded by the Public Employment and Services Division (PESO) of the City Mayor’s Office under PESO manager Jose Atanacio in cooperation with 22 local companies and 12 overseas recruitment agencies participating in the single day event.
The jobs fair registered a total of 2014 applicants for local employment and 1211 applicants for overseas employment with a total of 3225 job applicants however, only 2301 applicants were qualified.
The registered vacancies locally is 2055 while 6202 is available for overseas or a total of 8257.
Job applicants who did not meet qualification standards were referred to the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) for the commensurate skills training and others were referred referred for livelihood assistance.
The records show a 17.43% placement rate.
Among the positions filled up during the 1-day jobs fair for local employment are engineers, technicians, marketing officer, sales clerk, promodizer, HR assistants, office staff, welder, IT specialist, sales assistant, waiter, IT sales specialist, technicians, warehouse man, computer technicians, stockman, visual merchandiser, store supervisor, mechanical engineer, store managers, bartender, bakeshop assistants and many more.
For overseas employment, vacancies are from nurses, optometrists, caregivers, sewer cutters, architects, interior designers, kitchen equipment technicians, marble setters, stone setters, plumbers, furniture carpenters, nursing aides, health care attendants, occupational therapists, teachers, drivers and more.
Jobseekers who were not hired immediately need not worry as there are other job vacancies offered locally and overseas posted online at Phil-JobNet, the governments job matching and labor market information portal.
Applicants can also check the kiosks provided by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) containing information on local and overseas job vacancies, lists of licensed local and overseas recruitment agencies, and job orders accredited by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration.
The machines are capable of displaying information on employment opportunities and services for both local and overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).
It can also guide job applicants on the procedures in applying for local and overseas jobs and benefits from the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration for OFWs who are bound for deployment abroad.
Returning OFWs and their families may also access information on available reintegration services through the kiosks and jobseekers may register with the Phil-Jobnet to facilitate their search for jobs.
The kiosks also contain jobs fair schedules and lists of skills registered in the Phil-Jobnet and workers certified by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).
Applicants can also inquire from the PESO, City Hall on available vacancies for both local and overseas./Paul Rillorta