By: Erwin Nicavera
BACOLOD CITY — A total of 37 job hunters in Negros Occidental were hired on the spot during the Kalayaan Job and Livelihood Fair organized by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) here Wednesday.
The activity, held at the Event Center of 888 Premier Mall, drew 893 applicants.
All those hired immediately applied for local jobs while 468 were qualified applicants or those fit for requirements set by the employers. A total of 567 were “near hires” or those identified for further interviews.
Mary Agnes Capigon, chief of DOLE-Negros Occidental, said Thursday that the annual Independence Day jobs fair is part of the employment facilitation program of the agency.
It is aimed at providing assistance to job seekers given the mandate of the DOLE to provide employment opportunities to the people, she added.
Records of DOLE-Negros Occidental showed there were 34 participating companies during the job fair, including 26 local firms with a total of 3,115 vacancies. The eight overseas contractors had 4,404 vacancies.
Capigon said local jobs included those in the business process outsourcing and manufacturing, among others, while for overseas, jobs are mostly for skilled workers.
Meanwhile, DOLE-Negros Occidental also conducted an on-the-spot poster-making competition for students as part of the celebration of the 2019 World Day Against Child Labor.
The activity sought to raise public awareness of the government thrust to prevent and eliminate child labor in the country.
This year’s theme is, “Hayaan ang mga Batang Mangarap nang Huwag Malugmok sa Trabahong Mahirap”.
In the elementary category, Samantha Alacap of Fernando F. Gonzaga Elementary School in Bacolod City was adjudged as the champion. Nathalie Araujo and Chelsey Anne Padilla, both of Handumanan Elementary School in Bacolod City, were chosen as the runners-up.
High school category winners were Julie E. Montaño of the Handumanan National High School, champion; Aldrich Rey Balgomera of the Domingo Lacson