By Philippine News Agency
Nearly 16,000 job vacancies are available during a one-day job fair facilitated by the Public Employment Service Office (PESO) in Iloilo province on June 1.
PESO-Iloilo department head Francisco Heler Jr. said 113 companies already confirmed to join the job fair at the Capitol.
A total of 93 of these companies are for local employment of business process outsourcing, tutorials, retail and merchandising, automobile, hospitals, banks, malls, hotels, engineering, and logistics.
Meanwhile, 20 of these companies are for overseas employment.
“But we are targeting 140 to 150 companies to participate,” he said.
Heler said that public assistance desks will be established by various agencies to assist the job seekers for their needed requirements and to address their concerns.
These are the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), Professional Regulation Commission (PRC), Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (Philhealth), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).
Special lanes will also still be available for persons with disabilities (PWDs), Indigenous People (IPs) solo parents and beneficiaries of the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) and Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
On top of the job fair, the PESO-Iloilo has partnered with the provincial tourism and agriculture offices to provide investment opportunities to business aspirants.
“These two sectors, the tourism and agriculture, are key employment generators and we are partnering with the Negosyo Center of DTI (Department of Trade and Industry) to provide interventions to those who do not want to be employed but they rather want to join in the investments,” Heler said.
However, the PESO-Iloilo said that they are still finalizing this plan.
Through the series of job fairs conducted over the years, Heler recalled that 3, 474 applicants were hired in 2016, 442 of them were hired on the spot.
The number grew in 2017 wherein 5, 208 were hired, 369 of them were hired on the spot.
Heler called on interested applicants to register as the pre-registration for the job fair is now starting at the PESO office at the Iloilo Provincial Capitol.