DAGUPAN CITY – Some 412 jobseekers in the region were hired-on-the-spot (HOTS) after trooping to the four jobs fairs conducted by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in the Ilocos on May 1.
Four job fairs in various venues were held on that day to highlight the 114th Labor Day celebration: SM City Rosales, Calasiao Sports Complex and Public Employment Service Office in Pangasinan and at the Robinsons Mall in San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte.
A total of 135 local and 40 overseas employers converged at the different job fair areas that offered 47, 532 vacancies to jobseekers.
Regional Director Grace Ursua of DOLE in the Ilocos said the total number of HOTS is about 22.35 percent of the 1,843 jobseekers who registered.
“Congratulations to all who participated in and lent their support to our job fairs. Once again, we were able to facilitate the employment of jobseekers and provide various services to our workers,” Ursua said.
She said more are expected to get employed even months after the job fairs as some 2,493 job applicants have qualified for further interview.
“We will follow up the reports of our participating employers to know how many of those who have been scheduled for further interview will be eventually hired,” she added.
The job fairs in Rosales and Calasiao in Pangasinan and in San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte also featured one-stop-shop services from the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board, National Conciliation and Mediation Board, and National Labor Relations Commission for both jobseekers and workers.
Officers and representatives of the Social Security System, Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, Home Development Mutual Fund or Pag-IBIG Fund likewise offered enrolment in social security, medical insurance and in shelter security membership.
In the Rosales jobs fair, free pampering services were provided by Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, while the Professional Regulation Commission brought its complete services at the Calasiao jobs fair venue.
Moreover, the jobs fair in Lingayen was the first-ever to be held at night time, making it another first in the history of the labor agency.
It was able to lure 503 job applicants who were given access to 10,525 vacancies from local and overseas employers. (PIA-1, Pangasinan with reports from DOLE)