NEGROS OCCIDENTAL, June 18 (PIA) -- The Department of Labor and Employment's (DOLE) recent "Trabaho Negosyo Kabuhayan Job and Livelihood Fair" in Bacolod City generated 37 hired-on-the-spot job applicants out of the 893 job seekers.
These job hunters were aspiring for positions in 26 local employment firms and eight overseas companies.
In terms of near hires, 567 applicants will be subjected for further interview, training, and submission of requirements.
DOLE-Negros Occidental head Mary Agnes Capigon shared there was a slight lower turnout of applicants this year, compared to previous year with 927.
Meanwhile, Capigon advised the newly-hired employees to love, learn and grow with the new occupation, citing the value of being a good team player, honest and dedicated employee.
"Our labor force is one of the key elements in nation building and every employee has to take part of the change this nation is dreaming of," Capigon emphasized.
The activity, which is part of the country's 121st Independence Day activities, was supported by the DOLE-Regional Coordinating Council and government agencies such as the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Social Security System (SSS), Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth), and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).
Apart from the job fair, DOLE-Negros Occidental gathered students for a poster making contest aimed to nurture awareness on the government's thrust toward preventing and eliminating child labor in the country.
This year's competition, which carried the theme "Hayaan ang mga Batang Mangarap nang Huwag Malugmok sa Trabahong Mahirap," corresponded to the observance of the World Day against Child Labor held every June 12. (LTP/LML-PIA6 Negros Occidental)