Labor Day job fair in Zamboanga hires 384 workers

By R. G. Antonet Go

May 2, 2018, 8:01 pm

Students register to avail of the skills training programs offered by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority during a recent jobs and livelihood fair at a shopping mall in Zamboanga City. (File photo by: Teofilo P. Garcia Jr.)


ZAMBOANGA CITY -- The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on Wednesday announced that 384 job seekers were hired on the spot during the two-day Labor Day job fair in this city.

DOLE Regional Information Officer Karen Grafia told the Philippine News Agency that of the total figure, 379 were employed locally while the remaining five for overseas employment.

Grafia said they were among the 2,025 job seekers who joined the two-day Labor Day jobs fair held from Monday until Tuesday at the Zamboanga City Special Economic Zone (Zamboecozone) in Sitio San Ramon, Barangay Talisayan, this city.

Grafia said there were also 75 near-hire job seekers, or those job applicants listed for further interview, told to submit additional documentary requirements, and to take employment examination.

She said that a total of 393 individuals were also referred to the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) for further training while 79 for livelihood assistance.

This year’s Labor Day job fair saw the participation of 21 local companies and 17 overseas placement firms.

A total of 23,158 job vacancies were up for grab during the 2018 Labor Day jobs fair.

Of the total vacancies, 4,847 are for local employment while 18,311 for overseas. (PNA)