A total of 201 out of the 383 local job applicants were hired-on-the-spot during the Post-Labor Day Trabaho Negosyo Kabuhayan (TNK) Fair of the Department of Labor and Employment – National Capital Region (DOLE-NCR) on May 4, 2022 at the Parañaque City Social Hall and Sports Complex.

The activity, which was one of the few job fairs recently held physically, was made possible through the partnership of the City Government of Parañaque’s Public Employment Service Office (PESO), DOLE-NCR MUNTAPARLAS Field Office (MTPLFO), and the Philippine Chamber of Commerce, Inc. (PCCI).

Said TNK Fair was participated by 47 companies that brought with them a total of 3,997 job vacancies. Of the 420 total jobseekers who registered for the event, 755 were considered total ‘near hires’ which means that additional requirements and further interviews or tests might still be required of them.

Ms. Judy Ann Mangga, a 23-year old graduating student said it was her first time to join a job fair and became one of the hired on-the-spot (HOTS) applicants that day.

“Ito ang first time na nakadalo [ako] sa ganitong pagtitipon at ako ay direct[ly] hired sa Leslie Corporation. Sa ngayon po ay kami ay mag-oorientation na at sa awa ng Poong Maykapal, ako ay magkakatrabaho na. Maraming salamat po sa PESO! Malaking tulong po itong job fair sa aming naghahanap ng trabaho. Sana po ay patuloy na dumami pa ang inyong matulungan gaya ko,” she said.

DOLE-NCR MTPLFO Director Leonides P. Castillon Jr. was present in the event including PCCI Parañaque President Lolita Duria. In her message, Duria thanked all the participating employers and appealed to them for the immediate hiring of qualified applicants, which she said, is the main objective of the activity. She also expressed her appreciation to PESO and DOLE for being the essential agencies addressing the economic crises brought about by the pandemic.

The TNK Fair is a nationwide event conducted by the DOLE in celebration of the 120th Labor Day Anniversary with the theme “Matatag na Manggagawa, Matatag na Bansa.”

END / Christopher Gregorio