Over 18,000 local and overseas job vacancies await applicants at the three mega job fairs that the Department of Labor and Employment Regional Office No. 6 will conduct in Western Visayas on the occasion of the DOLE's 80th Founding Anniversary on 8 December.
In a report to Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz, Regional Director Ponciano Ligutom said the three mega job fairs, anchored on the DOLE 80th anniversary theme, Walumpung Taong Pag-Unlad, Walumpung Taong Paglilingkod, will be held at the 3rd level of Robinson’s Place-Iloilo (Mabini Wing) on 6 December, and at the fountain area of Robinson’s Place in Bacolod City on 4 December. On the same date, another job fair dedicated for the BPO sector will also be held in Iloilo City.
A total of 67 participating local and overseas employers and licensed recruitment agencies will offer various job vacancies in key employment generator (KEG) sectors, such as welders, engineers, autocad workers, accountants, sales assistants, cashiers, clerks, salesmen/saleswoman, program assistants, architects, call center agents, and other occupations.
Director Ligutom said the job fairs are dedicated to all jobseekers, especially the workers displaced by the recent calamities.
“We hope this initiative could bring a difference to the lives of those who desperately need work especially our workers who lost their jobs due to the massive destruction brought about by super typhoon Yolanda to the business sector in worst hit areas,” he said.
The DOLE regional office chief appealed to employers' groups in Iloilo and Negros Occidental whose members were not affected by the super typhoon to join the job fairs and bring their vacancies as their contribution to the employment facilitation undertaking.
“I call on all the employers in the region not affected by the recent calamities to join us in these job fairs and help facilitate the employment of jobseekers, including the displaced workers. We were spared from this disaster to enable us to assist those badly affected. Together, let us help our workers get back to their feet,” he said.
He also encouraged the jobseekers and displaced workers to participate in the job fair, urging them to bring their credentials, such as detailed resumé, transcript of record, 2 x 2 photos, training certificates, certificates of employment, if any, and passport (for overseas employment).
Aside from vacant jobs, the job fair will also feature services of DOLE agencies, like free massage and therapeutic services and skills demonstration in collaboration with members of the TESDA-Supervised Schools of Iloilo (TSSAI), Inc. There will be a help desk for services of member agencies of the Regional Coordinating Council and for kasambahay.
“We will also set up a help desk for the profiling of workers displaced by super typhoon Yolanda in the northern part of Iloilo, Capiz, and in some towns of Aklan, Antique, and Negros Occidental,” Ligutom said, adding that applicant pre-registration is on-going.
The DOLE, in partnership with the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI); Panay Service Exporters Association (PANSEA); Iloilo Federation of Information Technology (IFIT); and its family of agencies--Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC), Technical Education & Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Professional Regulations Commission (PRC), National Conciliation and Mediation Board (NCMB) and Regional Tripartite Wages & Productivity Board (RTWPB), are participating in the job fairs.