Eusebio Lacbayo Jr., an optimistic fresh graduate from the Valenzuela City Polytechnic College, believes that everything happens for a reason even though what he experienced in life nearly pushed him to his limits.

Lacbayo finds it challenging to get a job as he never had any work experience. While the thought have placed him under so much pressure, he kept himself encouraged to help him push through.

“Kung hindi para sa’kin ngayon [yung ina-applyan kong work], maaaring bukas ay para sa’kin na,” Lacbayo said, who had no idea that the ‘bukas’ he was waiting for would not be too long.

Few months after he graduated from college, he learned from one of his former classmates an upcoming job fair in Valenzuela City wherein participating employers interview and hire potential jobseekers if qualified.

Time flies, the opportunity Lacbayo was waiting for took place and made his way to the face-to-face job fair at the Alert Multi-purpose Building, Barangay Malinta, Valenzuela City on August 12, 2022. The event was conducted by the City Government of Valenzuela through its Public and Employment Service Office (PESO) in partnership with the Department of Labor and Employment – National Capital Region (DOLE-NCR) – CAMANAVA Field Office.

As he visited every participating employers that day, Lacbayo was determined to get a job that is aligned with his educational background as he had completed a Bachelor of Technical-Vocational Teacher Education (BTVTEd) major in Automotive Technology. With patience and perseverance, he got hired-on-the-spot (HOTS) as a ‘parts man’ at the Dongfeng Motor Philippines.

Eusebio Lacbayo, Jr. (center) was hired-on-the-spot as ‘parts man’ at the Dongfeng Motor Philippines during the face-to-face job fair at the Alert Multi-purpose Building, Barangay Malinta, Valenzuela City on August 12, 2022. The event was conducted by the City Government of Valenzuela through its Public and Employment Service Office (PESO) in partnership with DOLE-NCR CAMANAVA Field Office.

 

With so many people in search for work, getting a job was a big moment for Lacbayo. While being optimistic is important, he also advised jobseekers to put in the work to turn their career goals into reality.

“Huwag kayong panghinaan ng loob at huwag niyong hayaan ang mga sarili ninyong mawalan ng pag-asa sa paghahanap ng trabaho. Hindi man sa ngayon, o sa mga susunod na mga araw, darating ‘yan, samahan niyo lang ng sipag at tiyaga,” he said.

He also thanked DOLE and PESO for holding the said job fair, which paved way to his first work.

“Malaking tulong ang ibinigay ninyo sa akin kaya’t malaki rin ang pasasalamat ko sa inyo dahil sa pagkakataon na mabigyan ng ganitong klase ng oportunidad. Dahil sa inyong programa, maraming nabibigyan ng pag-asa na magkaroon ng trabaho, at higit sa lahat ay nabibigyan ng tsansang matupad ang kanilang mga pangarap,” he said.

Job Fair is an employment facilitation strategy of DOLE aimed to fast-track the meeting of jobseekers and employers in one venue at a specific date to reduce cost, time, and effort, particularly on the part of the applicants. This is open to all unemployed, fresh college graduates, graduates of training institutions, displaced workers, employees seeking advancement, skilled, and unskilled workers.

END / Report and photo by Jalen Lewis Boco