Some 116 jobseekers were Hired On-The-Spot (HOTS) during the “Pasayahin K-12 Job Fair” on December 1, 2022 at the Cuneta Astrodome, Pasay City.

The Department of Labor and Employment – National Capital Region (DOLE-NCR) conducted the Job Fair in collaboration with the Public Employment Service Office (PESO) of the City Government of Pasay. The event was part of the labor department’s celebration of its 89th anniversary and Pasay City’s 159th founding anniversary.

A total of 427 registered applicants flocked at the Job Fair site as participated by 80 employers that offered a total of 8,225 job vacancies.

The top 10 job vacancies were Customer Service Representatives (1100), Cashiers (447), Housekeeping Attendants (266), Dining Staff (200), Baristas (170), Kitchen Helpers (150), Service Crew (145), Baggers (137), Drivers (133), and Room Attendants (130).

Some key officials graced the event, including DOLE Secretary, Mr. Bienvenido E. Laguesma; DOLE Undersecretary, Ms. Carmela I. Torres; DOLE Undersecretary, Atty. Benjo Santos M. Benavidez; DOLE Undersecretary, Mr. Ciriaco A. Lagunzad III; DOLE-Bureau of Local Employment (BLE) Officer-In-Charge (OIC), Mr. Patrick P. Patriwirawan, Jr.; DOLE-NCR Regional Director, Atty. Sarah Buena S. Mirasol; DOLE-NCR Assistant Regional Director, Atty. Jude Thomas P. Trayvilla; DOLE-NCR Makati-Pasay Field Office Director II, Atty. Olivia O. Obrero-Samson; DOLE-NCR TSSD-EPWW OIC, Mr. Rey Sanglay; DOLE-BLE Division Chief for Employment Service Program Management, Ms. Ana Liza M. Ragos; Pasay City Mayor, Hon. Imelda G. Calixto-Rubiano; Pasay City PESO Manager, Ms. Filipinas Rosario Sampang; and TESDA Makati-Pasay District Office Director, Mr. Rizal S. Bautista.

The event was considered the first-ever job fair that targeted and catered to the K-12 graduates who will be given a chance to find a decent job that would help them develop their potential skills and capabilities for their future success.

In her message on behalf of Labor Secretary Bienvenido E. Laguesma, DOLE Undersecretary Carmela I. Torres extended her appreciation to the Department of Education (DepEd) who sought help from DOLE to give the K-12 graduates an opportunity to find employment. She also stated how the Job Fair will significantly contribute to the Department’s goal of providing employment opportunities to young graduates under the K-12 curriculum.

“The K-12 job fair was designed with the intent to fulfill the assigned role of the Department para tulungan ‘yung mga kabataan to transition from school to work. Bibigyan namin kayo ng impormasyon kung saan makukuha ‘yung mga trabaho. Dito sa ating present administration, ang ating vision and goal ay employment,” she said.

From the total registered job applicants, DOLE-NCR reported 195 graduates of K-12 program who took their chance to apply for their preferred work.

Likewise, Pasay City Mayor Imelda G. Calixto-Rubiano highlighted the importance of the Job Fair for their constituents who needed work to support themselves and their families. She also requested for the participating employers’ consideration for applicants who really needed a job and help them enhance their skills through trainings upon employment.

Opportunity comes to those who persevere and are determined to find job opportunities, just like Mr. Rich James Lozano and Ms. Christine Jane Pecson.

“Matagal ko na iniisip maghanap ng trabaho at maging working student. Importante sa akin magkaroon ng trabaho ngayon dahil kailangan ko po ng funds para sa tuition fee ko and para na rin sa funds ng kinukuha kong track ngayon na IT,” said Lozano, a first year college student at the National University – MOA.

WORKING STUDENT: Now Hired-On-The-Spot as a service crew at Chowking Bluebay, Mr. Rich Lozano will be able to fund his tuition fee at the National University – MOA. He is currently pursuing Bachelor of Science in Information Technology.

 

“Ako po ay nagtatrabaho dati sa isang printing shop. Salamat sa DOLE kasi binigyan pa rin nila tayo ng opportunity para ipagpatuloy ‘yung mga nasimulan natin. Ang trabaho po na ito ay isang opportunity na makakatulong sa atin sa pang araw-araw lalo na po sa akin kasi nag-aaral po ako,” said Pecson, a Grade 12 HUMSS student in Kalayaan National High School.

Ms. Christine Jane Pecson was Hired-On-The-Spot as a dining staff at the Table Group Inc. She is currently a Grade 12 HUMSS student in Kalayaan National High School.

 

During the event, DOLE-NCR also encouraged the jobseekers, especially the K-12 graduates, to apply in the labor department’s Government Internship Program (GIP) and Special Program for Employment of Students (SPES) that offer paid internship.

Meanwhile, DOLE-NCR referred the 129 jobseekers who were tagged under the job mismatched category to TESDA or the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority for further enhancement training to help them align their skills to their preferred job regardless of the program or strand that they have finished.

Job opportunities at this time are highly in demand and the Job Fair conducted by DOLE is one the instruments of the government to help boost the country’s labor productivity and help shape the new generation of workers.

END / Mark Louie Conde with photos by Iris Iera Espeña and Mark Louie Conde