A total of 74 out of 532 registered jobseekers were Hired-on-the-Spot (HOTS) during the City of Las Piñas’ 25th Cityhood and 115th Founding Anniversary Mega Job Fair at Robinson’s Place – Las Piñas on March 21, 2022.

Also coincided with the celebration of Women’s month, the activity marked the first ever return to on-site job fair of the Las Piñas Local Government Unit (LGU) that brought more livelihood opportunities, economic prospects, and development to its constituents who had been greatly affected by the COVID-19 restrictions for the past two years.

Las Piñas LGU’s Public Employment Service (PESO) led the job fair in partnership with the MUNTAPARLAS Field Office of the Department of Labor and Employment – National Capital Region (DOLE-NCR).

In a statement, PESO Manager Red Garcia underscored the significant efforts of their LGU in hastening the City’s economic recovery and one of them is addressing the ongoing employment concerns of resident jobseekers and employers such as the surplus of job applicants and the rising demand for work in their area.

“This [job] fair aid jobless residents find decent jobs and our partner employers hire their needed labor force as they resume full business operation after two years of inactivity. Patuloy pa pong pag-iigtingin ng PESO Las Piñas ang mga programa nito bilang tugon sa tuloy-tuloy na serbisyo program ni Mayor Mel Aguilar at Vice Mayor Aguilar-Nery,” he said.

A total of 16 companies participated with 1,757 job vacancies up for grabs. Most industries that joined primarily belong to top Key Employment Generators (KEG) in Metro Manila such as Information Technology and Business Process Management (IT-BPM); Wholesale and Retail Trade; and Manufacturing.

Like a one-stop shop, the jobseekers were not only provided immediate hiring prospects but also a chance to boost their competencies and competitiveness in the labor market. Interested participants who desire to acquire additional credentials and enhance occupational skills took advantage of the training opportunities of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) as facilitated through the Las Piñas Manpower Training Center.

Employers and jobseekers alike see the job fair initiated by the government as a strategy to streamline job matching and cost-effectively accelerate job hiring.

HR Recruiter Divina Rodriguez of the Optimized Customer Solutions, Inc. said that the prolonged effect of COVID-19 in their company led them to implement a skeletal workforce and cut business losses, which negatively affected their productivity. With their company slowly recovering, they are thankful for job fairs in providing a space to hire more people in order to improve their firm’s efficiency.

Meanwhile, Jhea Gabayno, a long-term unemployed, was one of the successful applicants who were Hired-on-the-Spot (HOTS). According to her, the activity gave her the opportunity to link with employers and had increased her chances of getting hired.

END / Ericka Escalada and Christinne Jeremiah Torrecampo