10,000 jobs up for grabs during Independence Day jobs fair in GenSan

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 11 June) – Around 10,000 job vacancies will be up for grabs for job seekers here and the neighboring areas during the Independence Day or “Kalayaan” jobs fair slated on Friday, June 12.

Ofelia Domingo, Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Region 12 director, said a total of 90 employers have confirmed to participate in the job fair that will be conducted at the SM City General Santos Trade Hall.

She said 70 companies and recruitment agencies will offer local job placements and 20 for overseas deployments.

Based on the job orders received by the agency, she said a total of 8,000 overseas and 2,000 local job vacancies will be available during the fair.

“We have more overseas job vacancies than local placements this time and some of the participating employers will be doing direct and immediate hiring,” she said.

Among available overseas jobs are for salesmen, clerks, janitors, laborers, restaurant service crew, tellers, nurses, cook, technicians, heavy equipment operators, laboratory technicians, domestic helpers, waiters and beauticians.

For local placements, a range of vacancies will be available for professional and skilled job seekers.

The local companies that are joining the fair includes those engaged in construction, aquaculture and fishing, information technology, ship building, resort and restaurant, oil refinery, automobile dealership, cargo forwarding, land development, tuna canning and industrial packaging.

The Kalayaan jobs fair is among the major fairs organized by DOLE-12 annually in the region in coordination with local government units and private institutions.

Last May 1, the agency conducted two major job fairs in this city in connection with the Labor Day celebration.

A total of 1,434 job seekers in the area were hired on-the-spot in the Labor Day job fairs, which were held at the KCC Mall Events and Convention Center and the SM Trade Hall.

The hired job applicants comprise 51.97 percent of the 2,759 individuals who qualified for the job vacancies that were opened during the fairs, which was joined by around 200 employers.

Meantime, aside from the jobs fair, DOLE-12 will also hold the 5th Regional Industry Academe Forum at the same venue.

Domingo said the event will be participated in by students; officials and heads of colleges, universities and technical-vocational institutions; and executives and representatives of companies from various industries in the region.