HE Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) XI has recorded a total of 1,010 hired on the spot (HOTS) during the May 1 Labor Day Job Fair in the region.

Out of the total, 857 HOTS are for local and 153 HOTS for overseas.

In a media interview, DOLE XI Regional Director Joffrey M. Suyao said that the Department is looking at the event as an avenue to provide more employment to the job seekers in the region.

“”We are hoping to provide employment not only for the fresh graduates but also to the long-time unemployed,” Director Suyao said.

Kim John Baron, one of the HOTS during the job fair as sales executive for a local company, was all smiles as he came all the way from Polomolok, South Cotabato just to participate the job fair here in Davao.

“I tried my luck here in Davao and while falling in line, as the HOTS are being announced, I was thinking about what would be the feeling if my name will be announced as HOTS and I am so happy that I am officially employed,” he said.

Baron shared that he previously participated in another job fair but did not get any favourable response which encouraged him to try again by participating the job fair here.

With more than 34,000 job vacancies from 121 participating employers for both local and overseas, the May 1 job fair has gathered a total of 2,844 job applicants wherein 2,344 qualified for interview.

169 were referred to the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority for further training and 25 were referred for livelihood assistance.

During the job fair, job applicants were given the freedom to choose and be interviewed to at least five positions from participating companies which resulted to a total of 3,850 applicants interviewed and 3,076 near hired applicants.

The job fairs, done in line with the 114th Labor Day Celebration with the theme “Kinabukasan Sigurado sa Disenteng Trabaho” was held simultaneously in four malls in the region: SM City, GMall Davao, GMall Tagum and GMall Digos. The job fair in GMall Davao was until May 2.

Kriztja Marae G. Labrador /LCO-DOLEXI