BAGUIO CITY: The Summer Capital’s Labor Day Jobs Fair held at the Baguio Convention Center on May 1 was a huge success, because it resulted in the employment of 570 jobseekers who were hired-on-the-spot, including 15 for overseas employment.
Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Cordillera Regional Director Henry John Jalbuena said 4,019 new graduates and jobseekers from Baguio and other provinces joined the one-day activity.
He said the 570 jobseekers who were hired on-the-sport is around 24.17 percent of the 2,358 qualified job applicants recorded during the day, which surpassed their 20-percent target.
For the 1,788 qualified applicants that were not hired on the spot, they were considered “near hires” who need to comply with some documentary requirements or additional skills training and certification.
Thirty-three companies, including 10 overseas employment agencies, joined the jobs fair. Besides the offering of job openings, the event also had free wellness consultations, free overseas calls, livelihood training, government agency service booths and job search kiosks.
The DOLE’s partners for the activity included the City Government of Baguio through its Public Employment Service Office and the Baguio City Police Office, PLDT, Smart Communications, ABS-CBN, and the Philippine Economic Zone Authority-Baguio City, and the regional line agencies of various government agencies like the Department of Public Works and Highways.