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Returning OFWs and millennials join Pasay City job fair

CUNETA ASTRODOME, Pasay City—Approximately 3,000 jobseekers joined the Trabaho Negosyo Kabuhayan: Job and Business Fair held on Monday, March 26, as sponsored by the City Government of Pasay through its Public Employment Service Office (PESO), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Bureau of Local Employment (BLE), DOLE-National Capital Region, DOLE-Makati-Pasay Field Office, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), and Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA). Other partner agencies included the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), Social Security System (SSS), National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), and the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA).

This year’s job fair theme: “Alay sa OFW at Kabataang Milenyo: Matatag na Kabuhayan at Disenteng Trabaho,” was graced by senior officials from different government sectors.

In her welcome remarks, Congresswoman of the Lone District of Pasay City Emi G. Calixto-Rubiano appealed to all employers in providing some leeway in their selection process by allowing jobseekers to fill their job vacancies when skills, abilities, and experiences of applicants were found fit to their company requirements—particularly those anticipated hired-on-the-spot (HOTS) individuals.

As with the increase of dwellers in their locality, Pasay City Mayor Antonino G. Calixto, in his message of solidarity, also looked forward to more jobs available for Pasayenos and other migrants staying in the area to help spur economic growth in their city. 

On behalf of TESDA Director General Guiling A. Mamondiong, TESDA Deputy Director General for Partnerships and Linkages Rebecca J. Calzado urged all jobseekers, including the Kuwait OFW returnees to avail of their agency’s free skills training for them to be more adept and competitive in their specialized fields and build confidence to whatever venture they would like to pursue.

DTI Secretary Ramon M. Lopez said that their agency was able to assist countless jobseekers through their business offer schemes, enabling them to discover untapped entrepreneurial skills through maximization of their talents and skills. Lopez said that DTI also offers financing assistance to these prospective entrepreneurs to help them launch a small enterprise business. He added that most of their beneficiaries are now successful in their ventured businesses.

Also present was DOLE Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III and encouraged jobseekers to take advantage of the job fair opportunities. Bello also urged all local and overseas employers to be flexible in hiring applicants. 

During the activity, VIPs and other special guests were requested to award TESDA scholarship training vouchers to OFW Kuwait beneficiaries.

A ribbon cutting ceremony followed to formally open the Job and Business Fair.

 OFW Kuwait beneficiaries receive TESDA scholarship training vouchers


Ribbon cutting ceremony with Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello

Also in attendance were OWWA Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac, POEA Undersecretary Jocelyn T. Sanchez, BLE Director Dominique S. Rubia-Tutay, DOLE Undersecretaries Dominador R. Say and Jacinto V. Paras, and DOLE-NCR Director Henry John S. Jalbuena.

Nearly 100 local and overseas employers participated in the activity with a total of 136 hired-on the-spot applications. END / Mark Avner Acosta / IMSD-LCO-2018-04 / GNA18-01

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