Thousands of displaced workers joined the first post-Yolanda jobs fair in Tacloban City with more than 14,000 overseas and local job offerings.

Department of Labor and Employment Regional Director Execquiel Sarcauga hoped that 15 percent of the total number of applicants were hired on the spot, surpassing the 500 workers immediately hired in the Ormoc City job fair last month.

The job fair was held at the Leyte Normal University Gymnasium with some 36 overseas recruitment agencies offering about 12,000 job vacancies for professionals and skilled workers in countries such as Saudi Arabia, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Dubai, Kuwait, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Korea, Taiwan, Japan, Turkey, Papua New Guinea, United States and Canada.

Ten local employers announced 2,100 job vacancies in Cebu, Batangas, Cavite, Parañaque and Metro Manila.

At least 19,006 workers have been displaced on Yolanda’s aftermath in Leyte and Samar provinces. According to DOLE, only 20 percent of the affected businesses have resumed operations as of this month.

Estrelita Hizon of the United Placeman Philippines Inc. who led the recruitment agencies in Tacloban jobs fair said “since the applicants are typhoon victims, we will deploy them in areas where they will be protected. For overseas jobs, they won’t be charged a placement fee.

Food and accommodation expenses will be shouldered by the agencies conducting training in Cebu or Manila,” Hizon said.

Government agencies that participated in the recruitment activity are the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, the Technical Education Skills and Development Authority, the Social Security System, the Home Development Mutual Fund, the National Bureau of Investigation, the National Statistics Office and the Department of Foreign Affairs.

These agencies assisted applicants who lost their application documents during the storm.


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