To produce an employment surge, the City Government of Muntinlupa through its Public Employment Service Office (PESO) successfully staged its 27th Muntinlupa Cityhood and Women’s Month Mega Jobs Fair on March 2, 2022 at Ayala Malls South Park, Muntinlupa City in partnership with the MUNTAPARLAS Field Office of the Department of Labor and Employment – National Capital Region (DOLE-NCR).

With the theme “Providing Healing, Promoting Hope thru Gainful Employment,” said event signifies Muntinlupa City’s pilot resumption of face-to-face (F2F) jobs fair following the country’s hiatus on mass gatherings due to pandemic.

Over 33 companies participated with 2,709 job vacancies available. Most of these jobs were in the engineering, construction, marketing, maintenance, and business process outsourcing industries.

About 767 jobseekers and disadvantaged workers were able to take advantage of the event, hoping to land a job immediately. From the total number of job candidates, there were 223 successful applicants that were hired-on-the-spot (HOTS).

Muntinlupa City PESO Manager Glenda Z. Aniñon said the conduct of their jobs fair was a hybrid of the old and new approach, using technology to effectively connect its processes to the PESO Information System. Moreover, they learned that the newly adapted approach proved to be a cost-effective way to fast-track the hiring process while physical or social-distancing measures are still enforced in view of the COVID-19.

The PESO Manager further said the event was a blessing as it not only coincided with the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF)’s placement of Metro Manila at Alert Level 1 that set the tone for re-opening of the economy, their jobs fair also reached 29% HOTS.

To improve registered applicant’s employability, a basic pre-employment seminar was also conducted to orient jobseekers on the current in-demand skills and qualities of employees that are preferred by employers.

Meanwhile, HR recruiter Janice Agueda from Excel Pro Placement & Services Inc. recalled the challenges in the hiring process faced by companies due to restrictions on holding F2F jobs fair in view of the COVID-19 preventive measures. With the Mega Jobs Fair of Muntinlupa LGU, Agueda said that the orderly execution of the activity following the IATF rules allowed to ease the burden of employers and hasten the employment process.

To ensure a more accessible, COVID-free, and friendly space for both employers and jobseekers, PESO Muntinlupa set the maximum capacity of the F2F hiring area to 150 individuals and allotted a one (1) hour period of job application.

Other government agencies such as the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), Social Security System (SSS), and Pag-IBIG Fund provided employment assistance to applicants and new hires.

DOLE and PESO Muntinlupa shall continue to amplify efforts to reduce regional unemployment exacerbated by COVID-19 and to improve the nation’s economic condition by widespread implementation of employment facilitation programs.

END / Report and photo by Ericka Escalada and Christinne Jeremiah Torrecampo