Close to 2,000 qualify for employment in baguio day job fair

BAGUIO CITY – A total of 1,810 job seekers qualified for employment, 263 of whom were hired on-the-spot during the 108th Charter Day Anniversary Job Fair last Sept. 16 at the Baguio Convention Center.

Public Employment Services Office (PESO) designate and Executive Assistant Jose Atanacio of the city mayor's office said a total of 2,204 availed of the job opportunities totaling 23,658.

Twenty two local companies joined the fair offering a total of 2,599 vacancies while 19 overseas placement firms floated a total of 23,658 openings.

Atanacio said they achieved a placement rate of 17 percent which by the standard of the Department of Labor and Employment is still high.

The relatively small turn-out of job seekers was expected as it came on the heels of two large-scale skills registry activities conducted by two big overseas companies, one of whom for a cruise ship, at City Hall where many of the applicants were hired.

Atanacio said the city has a relatively low unemployment rate and the job fair was intended to cater to that small number.

Mayor Mauricio Domogan encouraged the hired applicants to do well in their jobs to show to the world why the city has an excellent pool of human resource.

Of those qualified, 765 were for local employment while 782 were for foreign jobs.

Meanwhile, the Jobstart Philippines Program registration for the200 slots for life skills training and possible employment has been moved to October 10-12 at the Multipurpose Hall with a pre-registration on Oct. 9 at the PESO office.

The program consists of life skills training for up to three months where grantees will be entitled to a P200 daily allowance, free snacks and meal and free accident insurance for one year and afterwards, they may referred to employers for technical training and internship with allowance and internship stipend or for direct employment.

Application is open to male or female, between 18-24 years old, at least high school graduate, college level or college graduate with 0-12-month work experience, currently unemployed, not enrolled in school and preferably a resident of Baguio City.

The requirements are birth certificate, diploma (one photocopy of high school or college diploma), training certificate (optional), resume (one original copy of the registrant's updated resume) and two 1x1 colored photo. – Aileen P. Refuerzo

 
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