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MANILA, Philippines -- Nearly one-fifth of those who submitted their applications at government-organized job fairs held across the country were hired on the spot, the Philippine labor department said on Monday.
Of the 95,263 applicants who registered during the one-day nationwide job fair last May 1, 13,760 or 19 percent of employment seekers who were hired on the spot (HOTS), the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) said.
Some 79,093 applicants have also been interviewed spontaneously, Dole Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said in a statement.
During Job Fair 2012, highly-skilled applicants were offered employment as marketing officers, sales clerks, welders, promodizers, human resource assistants, office staff, IT specialist officers, sales assistants, waiters, IT sales specialists, technicians, warehouse staff, computer technicians, HR staff, visual merchandisers, store supervisors, graphic artists, mechanical engineers, document controllers, and store managers.
Based on DOLE data, the National Capital Region topped the list of applicants hired on the spot with 2,678; followed by the Northern Mindanao with 2,583; CALABARZON with 2,033; Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), 1,532; and Western Visayas with 1,344.
The labor department is expecting that the figure will increase since some DOLE regional offices in Central Luzon, Davao, SOCCSKSARGEN, CARAGA, and CAR have yet to submit their reports.
The country has celebrated the 2012 Labor Day dubbed as “Pagtutulungan. Pagbabago. Disenteng Trabaho,” emphasizing the agency’s improved tripartite strategy in labor governance.
Job seekers who were unable to find employment at the fair should not worry because all the vacancies offered can still be found at the Phil-JobNet, the official government portal for job search and job matching.
“Normally it takes time, several days, or weeks, for a jobseeker to apply and land a job successfully. For a jobseeker to be hired on-the-spot, in just a day or less, and for an employer to get their skilled manpower in the same period, translates to less inconvenience, and therefore, more productive results,” Baldoz said.