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3,389 job vacancies knock into the doorsteps of LGU Jimenez during Job Fair Activity


Jimenez, Misamis Occidental --- A total of 311 jobseekers across the province attended the Job Fair organized by the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Jimenez through the Public Employment Service Office (PESO) and in partnership with the Department of Labor and Employment, Regional Office No. X (DOLE-X) through its Misamis Occidental (Mis. Occ.) Provincial Field Office (PFO) and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) on 22 May 2018 at the Municipal Gym.


DOLE-X Mis. Occ. PFO Chief Leonardo G. Rodrigo explained that the Job Fair has been a proven method in fast-tracking the employment facilitation of jobseekers and employers in one venue to reduce cost, time, and effort, particularly on the part of the applicants.


As first timer in the conduct of Job Fair, Municipal Mayor Rosario K. Balais was very appreciative and thankful to DOLE’s program that it was able to reach the doorsteps of their Municipality helping a lot of her constituents in their job hunting making the search easier and cost effective.


Of the total job vacancies solicited, 110 jobs were available for local employment from two participating companies. On the other hand, bulk of job opportunities were for abroad with 3,279 slots from eight companies and recruitment agencies.


Among the busy crowd in Jimenez Gym was Miss Armaliza Pamintuan, 23 year-old technical-vocational (tech-voc) graduate who said that her lack of educational degree was the most difficult hurdle that had always landed her resume at the bottom of the list in every application.


Good fortune smiled at Pamintuan when she took advantage of the Job Fair where she endured the blazing summer heat and joined the hundreds of job applicants hopping from one employer’s table to another.


“Ga-apply ko both local and overseas na work, samot na kung naay vacancies as waitress or service crew kay mao na akong experience sa Cagayan de Oro sa Ice Cream Shop pero kulang kaayo akong sweldo didto. Mao nanghinaut ko makakita ug trabaho nga dako-dako ug sweldo para makatabang pud ko sa mga gastohon sa balay,” (I applied to both local and overseas work especially if there are vacancies as waitress or service crew because I already have experience before in Cagayan de Oro in an Ice Cream Shop but my salary there wasn’t enough. That is why, I am hoping that I can find a work with a higher rate so I can also help in the expenses at home), said Pamintuan.


She got hired by Jolly Management Solution as a Service Crew to be based in Mis. Occ. area.


Likewise and by a stroke of fate, a former Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) from Saudi Arabia, Mr. Trex Quijano, 27 years-old was one of the Hired-On-The-Spot (HOTS) as he was hired by the SMC Manpower Agency as a technician in the Middle East. Assured of the job offer, he was advised to prepare several documentary requirements and to wait for the advice of the company for orientation.


“Dako ko ug kalipay ug pasalamat aning Job fair nga gipanguluhan sa DOLE ug sa PESO kay daghan matabangan nga mga unemployed ug mga returning OFW’s sama nako. First choice jud nako ang abroad kay samot na ug naa nakay anak, lisod kaayo e-budget ang sweldo nimo dire sa Pinas. Mag-sige unta nga nay Job Fair Activity para daghan pang katawhan ang matabangan”, (I am very happy and thankful for this Job Fair headed by DOLE and to PESO for this will help the unemployed and returning OFW’s like me. Abroad is my first choice especially if you have a kid because it is very difficult to budget your salary earned her in the Philippines. I hope there will always be Job Fair to be able to help more citizens), told by Quijano.


Also, DSWD Provincial Coordinator, Richard Tener brought influx of beneficiaries from their trainings as applicants to boosts employment facilitation.


At the end of the day, 17 of the hundreds of applicants were HOTS, while 139 were qualified for the positions and were set to undergo further interview as part of the hiring processes of the companies.


No activity could come to fulfillment without the earnest efforts of PESO Manager Arnulfo Guimalan, Jr. who was also thankful to DOLE for the support done and to all participants of the event especially to the employers from different establishments.


Aside from being determined in getting a job, Rodrigo concluded that jobseekers must remember that while skills and competencies are very important, exemplary conduct and positive attitude towards work are also equally significant.


End/Lorraine M. Roa/DOLE Mis. Occ. PFO


Job applicants during the Job Fair Activity conducted by LGU Jimenez in partnership with DOLE-X Mis. Occ. on 22 May 2018 at Jimenez Municipal Gym (Photo Source: LGU Jimenez PESO Manager Arnulfo Guimalan Jr.)


Registration of Job applicants during the Job Fair Activity conducted by LGU Jimenez in partnership with DOLE-X Mis. Occ. on 22 May 2018 at Jimenez Municipal Gym (Photo Source: LGU Jimenez PESO Manager Arnulfo Guimalan Jr.)


Job Fair Activity program proper conducted by LGU Jimenez in partnership with DOLE-X Mis. Occ. on 22 May 2018 at Jimenez Municipal Gym, Mis. Occ. (Photo Source: LGU Jimenez PESO Manager Arnulfo Guimalan Jr.)


Left to right: Jimenez Vice Mayor Joselito C. Chiong, Jimenez Municipal Mayor Rosario K. Balais, DOLE-X Mis. Occ. Senior LEO Jasmin L. Vicente (center), DSWD Provincial Coordinator Richard Tener and Jimenez PESO Manager Arnulfo Guimalan Jr. during the Job Fair on 22 May 2018 at Jimenez Municipal Gym, Misamis Occidental ((Photo Source: LGU Jimenez PESO Manager Arnulfo Guimalan Jr.)





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