By Hilda Austria, PNA
URDANETA CITY, Pangasinan—Some 396 Pangasinenses were hired on the spot to work as call center agents, sales personnel, food crew, administrative staff or clerk and cashiers during the Labor Day job fair held at Magic Mall here on Wednesday.
Dolores Suarez, officer-in-charge of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in Eastern Pangasinan, said that of the total number, three will work overseas while 393 to work locally.
“There is a total of 1,647 job applicants excluding those who availed the night job market held at the Public Employment Services Office in Lingayen. Some were nearly hired, while others were referred to Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) for training,” said Suarez in a phone interview Friday.
Some 42 applicants were recommended to TESDA for skills training; 50 applicants were referred for livelihood assistance, and 93 were referred to the Department of Trade and Industry for business opportunity.
Suarez added that 179 applicants were recommended to other agencies.
“From the total number of applicants, 1,321 qualified but unfortunately, some 612 did not qualify due to several factors,” she said.
There were 84 local employers and six overseas employers who participated in the job fair, for the 11,150 local job vacancies and 750 overseas jobs.
The Labor Day job fair is an annual activity of the DOLE and its partner agencies, which gives job opportunities to the unemployed.
Aside from the job fair, DOLE partnered with the DTI for business training on the same day.
Also offered was the one-stop shop of various services by government agencies such as the Overseas Workers Welfare Association, Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, Philippine Statistics Authority, National Bureau of Investigation, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority and Employees Compensation Commission, among others. (PNA)