MANILA, Philippines — Alongside the program held Monday at the Luneta Park for the 119th Independence Day of the country, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) also launched the Independence Day Job and Business Fairs at the Senior Citizen’s Garden at Rizal Park in Manila.
“For now, we have 123,000 available job vacancies and more or less 680 participating employers,” DOLE Undersecretary Bernard Olalia said.
Among the booths available at the job fair was of the Philippine Navy’s which is currently looking for new recruits.
At 9:00 a.m., more than 100 have already registered to express interest in working for the Philippine Navy.
“We are expecting more recruits now especially since our recruitment system has improved, and being properly promoted in various fields, and other parts of the Armed Forces of the Philippines,” Army recruitment officer Major Erwin Glenn Romero said.
From 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. more than 7,000 have registered at the job fair.
More than 3,000 applicants have been considered qualified while 406 have been hired on the spot.
One of them is Raesha Ann Gomez, who was promptly hired as a cashier in UAE.
“I will use my experience here when I arrive in UAE,” she said.
Every year, 45 year-old Edilberto Jatulan Jr. tries to apply for work. After finishing an automotive course at TESDA, he’s hoping to find a job especially since the Anti-Age Discrimination Law is already in effect.
“It’s better now than before. Before, they would choose based on age. It’s not the case anymore now,” said Jatulan.
DOLE meanwhile has reported a decline in the unemployment rate in the country.
“Based on the latest April 2017 labor survey, the country’s unemployment rate is at 5.87, this means 94.3 % is our employment rate now,” DOLE Usec. Bernard Olalia said.
The Labor Dept. also reminded companies of the proper work pay for employees who went to work during the holiday.
DOLE has taken advantage of the holiday to offer job opportunities to unemployed Filipinos. This is the labor department’s chance to provide work opportunities not just to newly graduates but also to contractual employees looking for stable jobs. – Aiko Miguel | UNTV News and Rescue