By: Saul Pa-a
CALAMBA CITY, Laguna – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) reported that some 662 applicants were hired-on-the-spot (HOTS) out of 1,476, who came to seek employment in job fairs conducted in Calabarzon region as part of the Independence Day celebration on Wednesday.
DOLE Calabarzon Regional Director Henry John S. Jalbuena told the Philippine News Agency that the Independence Day job fairs attracted not only job seekers but also drew in many employers eager to hire qualified applicants.
Some 84 employers were on hand to try to fill over 15,000 job vacancies, he disclosed.
The job fairs took place at the Freedom Park, Aguinaldo Shrine in Kawit, Cavite as well as the Pavillion Mall in Biñan City, Laguna.
“The Department will always provide the people with jobs and livelihood opportunities as it is our aim to create decent and productive work which will be the contribution of everyone to achieve genuine progress,” Jalbuena said.
He also reiterated the Independence Day message of DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello III who recognized the Filipino workers, both in the country and across the globe, as “our modern-day heroes who have been our nation’s most reliable force in pursuit of national growth and development”.
“Our patriotic beginnings continue to guide us in pushing for genuine change and meaningful reforms to better the lives of future generations,” Bello’s message said.
The DOLE regional director reported that the 662 who landed employment represent 45 percent of the total number of applicants, while around 500 more job seekers are considered “near-hires”.
He explained the “near hires” are qualified applicants who stand a good chance of being hired eventually, once the companies’ human resource departments have completed further assessments or additional interviews.
The job fairs held in Cavite and Laguna were themed “Kalayaan 2019: Tapang ng Bayan, Malasakit sa Mamamayan”. (PNA)