MANILA — More than 34,000 jobseekers have registered in job fairs simultaneously held nationwide in line with the celebration of the 115th Labor Day in the country on Monday, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said.
Based on DOLE data, as of 3 p.m., a total of 34,605 individuals trooped to the different job fairs in 17 regions of country.
The National Capital Region (NCR) posted the highest number of applicants with 4,504; followed by Region 3 (Central Luzon), 5,683.
Of the number, a total of 17,783 applicants are qualified, with 14,600 applied for local jobs while 3,183 for employment overseas.
On the other hand, a total of 1,658 or 9.3 percent of the total number of qualified applicants were hired on the spot (HOTS), with a total 1,529 were hired for local jobs while 64 people were accepted for jobs overseas.
Meanwhile, DOLE NCR Director Johnson Cañete believed that the different job fairs that were held in the several cities in Metro Manila were beneficial to jobseekers since there was no need for them to go to other areas to apply for local or overseas jobs since their cities have hosted their respective employment activities.
The following cities in the NCR that hosted job fairs are: Quezon City – Quezon City Hall and Fisher Mall, Quezon Avenue; Manila – Bonifacio Monument, Padre Burgos, Manila; Muntinlupa – Ayala Mall; Paranaque – basketball court behind Paranaque City Hall; Taguig – Vista Mall; Las Pinas – Robinsons Mall; Valenzuela – Valenzuela Astrodome; and Pasay – Pasay City Hall.
A total of 34,145 local and overseas jobs were offered by 170 participating employers.
Of the total number of vacancies, 14,145 were local jobs being offered by 145 participating companies; while 20,000 are overseas jobs from 25 accredited agencies.
The 2017 Araw ng Paggawa was observed with the theme ‘Matatag na Kabuhayan at Trabaho tungo sa Progresibong Pagbabago.’ Ferdinand Patinio/PNA – northboundasia.com