Nov 27, 2020

DOLE Palawan to hire 15% of all applicants in Labor Day jobs fair

The provincial office of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has set its sights on hiring on-the-spot around 15 percent of all applicants who will seek employment opportunities in the jobs fair it will conduct at the Western Philippines University (WPU) in its main campus in Aborlan.

Luis Evangelista, DOLE provincial officer, said in a press conference on Monday that they are expecting around 500 to 1,000 job applicants to come on May 1 at the WPU.

Evangelista said positions for sales associates, tourism, and skilled workers will be offered by participating establishments in the jobs fair.

“Kami talaga gusto namin na atleast 15 percent ng total job seekers ay mahire on the spot pero minsan kasi kahit gusto ni company na i-hire ang tao mayroong kakulangan na hindi nami-meet ni applicant. Kaya sa ganito nga na pagkakataon ay ma-assess agad sana kung ano ang kulang during the initial interview. Kaya kami ay nakikiusap naman sa employers na medyo babaan ang mga standards,” he said.

Evangelista said employers are looking for best working attitude aside from the educational attainments of the applicants.

“Sinasabi din namin na dapat hindi lang tingnan ang pinag-aralan o edukasyon. Puwede mong tingnan din ang attitude nila sa trabaho. So, mahirap ma-determine kung ilan ang posibleng ma-hire agad pero we are targeting atleast 15 percent,” he pointed out.

In addition to this, Evangelista said the event will also showcase the Job Placement Office and Career Center of WPU.

“Open ito sa lahat, nakita lang natin na pwede sa WPU para mai-showcase ang kanilang career center. Nag-uusap ang mga PESO manager na baka pwede rin magawan ng paraan para makapagprovide ng sasakyan para doon na sasakay ang mga aplikante galing sa kanilang munisipyo. Kasama dyan ang mga estudyante ng WPU pati outside the campus ay nagpadala sila ng invitation,” Evangelista said.

Richard Rebote, provincial PESO head, said 35 local agencies and four overseas employers will be joining the jobs fair.

Rebote assured applicants from Palawan that they will be protected and will be safe if hired to work abroad.

The countries of Saudi Arabia, Macau, Hongkong, Singapore, Japan, and Malaysia usually offer overseas work, he said.

“We will make sure na ang applicant natin sa Palawan ay protected ng ating mga agencies. Inaayos at nache-check po natin ang mga agencies bago sila tanggapin,” Rebote said.

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