“Looking for a job is just like fighting for Independence” – DOLE official

SAN FERNANDO CITY, LA UNION, June 18 (PIA) — “Looking for a job is just like fighting for Independence, for freedom from uncertainty and poverty.”

These were the words spoken by Department of Labor and Employment 1 (DOLE1) Assistant Regional Director Attorney Florence Marie G. Ulep during the Independence Day jobs fair held on June 12 at the CSI, the city mall here. The celebration had for its theme, “Kalayaan: Pananagutan ng Bayan para sa Tuwid na Daan.”

Ulep said that while looking for a job today is difficult, an applicant should persevere, be patient, and learn to sacrifice to free themselves from the hunger and poverty due to unemployment.

The one-day job fair was conducted by DOLE 1 with a goal of at least 50 percent Hirees-on-the-Spot or HOTS.

About 33 employers from the private sector, 12 of which were overseas recruitment agencies and 21 domestic/local employers, participated during the event.

According to Bernadette Mamitag, DOLE 1 Senior Labor Employment Officer, there were 488 vacancies for local employment and 3,035 for overseas/abroad.

For this one-day affair, DOLE 1’s final report showed that 492 applicants seeking for local employment were interviewed, 219 of which were male and 273 for female.

On the other hand, 385 overseas jobseekers, 172 male and 213 female, were catered.

Of the said number of applicants, DOLE 1 informed that there were a total of 41 HOTS, 26 for local and 15 for employment abroad.

Event partner agencies that also provided services, information dissemination, and screening of applicants include the CSI-Cost Savers Incorporated, Provincial Government of La Union, La Union Provincial Employment Service Office (PESO), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, Professional Regulation Commission, National Labor Relations Commission, National Conciliation and Mediation Board, Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board, Philippine Information Agency, and PESO from the different local government units here. (ANL/MPA/PIA 1 La Union)

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