The efforts of the Department of Labor and Employment Regional Office No. 11 and partner local government units (LGU) to facilitate decent and productive employment for Davaoeños resulted to 73 jobseekers hired-on-the-spot (HOTS) in  four separate jobs fair conducted in the region in January.

“Davaoeño jobseekers need not go to the big cities anymore because there are job opportunities in the region and we are gathering them in one place to make their job search easier,” Regional Director Joffrey M. Suyao said in a report to Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz.

Fifty-seven jobseekers found employment the same day they applied in a jobs fair at Tagum Trade and Cultural Center last 12 January. The said jobs fair, which was conducted in coordination with Tagum City Public Employment Service Office (PESO), has a total of 1,177 registered applicants where 718 of them are already scheduled for final screening.

Meanwhile, three mini-job fairs were also conducted in the region through the initiative of 3rd District Councilor Louie Villafuerte.

Eight job applicants were hired on-the-spot during the mini job fair held last 23 January at Toril Gym in Davao. Seven hundred forty-nine job vacancies from 18 establishments were offered to 127 job applicants who registered for the said event.

Three job applicants were also hired on the mini-job fair held at Mintal Gym, still in Davao City, last 24 January. Seventy-five out of 85 registered applicants were interviewed for a chance to be hired in one of the 749 job vacancies offered by 18 establishments and 50 of them are scheduled for a final interview.

Lastly, the mini job fair held in Calinan Gym in Davao City opened doors of opportunities for five job applicants who were hired on the spot. Among the 211 registered applicants, 188 were interviewed to vie for the 749 job vacancies offered by 18 establishments.

“Our partnership and strong linkage with the Office of Councilor Villafuerte made it possible for us to deliver our programs and services to the far flung and hardly reached areas of the region,” Suyao explained.

The said jobs fair also included a series of career talks to prime the jobseekers in their entrance to the world of work.

“This strategy is an effective tool for all would-be workers to gain knowledge and improve their skills to help them establish and develop their career paths,” Suyao added.

Earlier on, DOLE Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz advised jobseekers to stay in their regions because job opportunities are coming to them through the jobs fairs of the DOLE.

“Jobs are available to job seekers raring to work this year. They could start their job search at their own communities for the DOLE is making it easier for them to do so by bringing its job fairs to the region,” said Baldoz.

The labor chief also stated that all 16 regional offices of the DOLE has scheduled a year-round job fair.

“The conduct of the year-round jobs fairs are one of the DOLE’s significant employment facilitation machinery that provide continuous opportunities for job seekers to find job and assistance for employers to find qualified workers. Participating in one also proves to be more efficient as DOLE gathers more employers as possible under one roof, thus, making it possible for a job seeker to go on a job hunting spree while spending less money and effort,” Baldoz said.