In celebration of the National Women’s Month and for the interest of the economic recovery in the region, the Department of Labor and Employment – National Capital Region (DOLE-NCR) through its MUNTAPARLAS Field Office (MTPLFO) partnered with the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) and the City Government of Parañaque’s Public Employment Service Office (PESO) in holding the 6th National Women’s Month Mini Job Fair via online platform and limited in-person interviews on March 30-31, 2022.

Said job fair aims to help bridge the gap between employers and jobseekers and encourage economic growth which has been adversely affected by the pandemic. The hybrid setting of the event allowed more companies and jobseekers to engage while observing the minimum health and safety protocols of the COVID-19 Inter-Agency Task Force as the National Capital Region (NCR) remains under Alert Level 1.

Moreover, a total of 20 participating companies offered 1,098 job vacancies to 215 female jobseekers who were all hoping to get hired-on-the-spot. Out of the 215 applicants, 96 jobseekers were deemed qualified and were scheduled for interview. Overall, some 47 applicants were hired-on-the-spot, which translates to a positive rate of 21.86% for the mini job fair.

Ms. Andrea Ross, a 21-year-old fresh graduate from Brgy. BF Homes and one of the fortunate jobseekers who was hired on the spot, found the hiring process fast and easy.

“Mabilis po ang proseso ng job fair. Nag-online application ako sa Zoom tapos nagpa-interview ako sa isang company tapos ‘yun, sabi nila hired-on-the-spot na ako. Naghihintay na lang ako ng tawag sa kanila para sa requirements ko po,” she said.

Gracing the event virtually were City Mayor Edwin Olivares, Parañaque City Public Information Office chief Mario L. Jimenez, and Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Parañaque City board member Lolita Duria who all shared inspirational messages to all the participants of the event. Likewise, MTPLFO Senior Labor and Employment Officer Elmer Ducusin attended the virtual job fair on behalf of MTPLFO Director Leonides P. Castillon Jr. and wished the participants good luck on their endeavors.

After the successful event, the City’s PESO Manager Henry R. Leonardo expressed his appreciation for the partnership and unceasing support of all the participating employers, the City Government of Parañaque, and DOLE-NCR.

Through employment interventions, DOLE-NCR and local government units seek to continuously support the economic recovery of the country by helping both employers and jobseekers collaborate and create a promising environment for their future.

END / Ericka Escalada and Christopher Gregorio