Thousands join jobs fair at SM City Rosales Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Danny O. Sagun, Philippine Information Agency
A total of 337 jobseekers were hired on the spot during the Jobs Fair last May 1 at the SM City mall in Rosales, according to the department of labor and employment.
Regional Director Henry John Jalbuena said that 184 were hired for local posting while 153 landed overseas jobs. The DOLE regional office, he said, pooled a total of 5,403 job opportunities including 208 local slots at the JOBapalooza'09 job fair.
The event, considered the biggest ever in Region 1 in terms of participating entities, available jobs and services, drew some 2,260 job hunters.
Similar jobs fair were held in SM malls nationwide as part of the celebration of Labor Day.
Jalbuena said some 63 government agencies, recruitment firms, and local employers participated in the fair. A wide array of services was also rendered to include releasing and renewal of PRC licenses, skills demonstration, awarding of TESDA-PGMA training scholarships, and recruitment of military trainees.
The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration thru its Filipino Expatriate Livelihood Support Fund awarded funding assistance to 66 displaced workers. The loan facility offers a maximum loan of P50,000 for every displaced worker or business undertaking.
DOLE also awarded a total of P844,600 loan facilities for 138 beneficiaries of the government's Comprehensive Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (CLEEP). The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority awarded training scholarships to 542 beneficiaries.
Jalbuena also revealed that Region 1 is among the top three employment gainers in spite of the global economic meltdown. The number of employed persons in the region increased by 79,000 in January compared to the same month last year, based on the January 2009 labor force survey conducted by the National Statistics Office.
Meanwhile, the SM City Rosales will have its grand opening on Friday, May 15. The SM branch in that town had a soft opening last November.