BAGUIO CITY, May 7 (PIA) -- Employment opportunities, business coaching, livelihood fair and free wellness services greeted new graduates and job seekers during the May 1 - Labor Day Jobs and Business Fair held at the Baguio City National High School here.
For the second year, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and the Baguio Public Employment Service Office (PESO), partnered with the Department of Trade and Industry for the “Trabaho, Negosyo at Kabuhayan” Jobs and Business Fair.
There were 3,824 job applicants who registered for the event, with 544 of them Hired On The Spot (HOTS). About 1,928 were near hires or applicants who are required additional documentary requirements or set for another interview. Over 300 applicants were either referred for skills training, livelihood assistance, business consultation and for service assistance from other partner regional line agencies.
For the Business Fair, DTI – Cordillera set up its Negosyo Center in the event for onsite registration of business names, entrepreneurship counselling and coaching and for other business - related questions or assistance needed by the event registrants.
For the livelihood part, DTI also invited micro, small and medium enterprises who brought in their food and non - food products for sale in the venue.
In partnership with TESDA, free wellness services - haircut and manicure/pedicure were also offered to the job and business fair participants.
The biggest treat for the Labor Day participants was the PAGIBIG Fund raffle ticket for a house and lot package for one lucky registrant.
Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre Bello III, in a message read by DOLE Asst. Secretary Federico Abuan Jr., expressed the government's gratitude and recognition of the Filipino workers for their great contribution to the country. He assured that aside from bringing in more job opportunities, the government will always be with them, working for the protection of their rights and welfare.
Aside from ASEC Abuan, Mayor Mauricio Domogan, DTI - CAR Regional Director Myrna Pablo and DOLE Regional Director Exequiel Ronie Guzman also graced the opening program and delivered their respective Labor Day messages. Carlito C. Dar (ALT/CCD with Jeremae Ferrer- PIA CAR/CDD Intern)