Every 1st of May, conducting major job fair has become a practice of the Department of Labor and Employment as a means to celebrate the Labor Day. Eighty-one local and overseas companies participated in this year’s job fairs which were held simultaneously in Embarcadero De Legazpi and in SM City Naga.
More than three thousand applicants tried their luck despite the long queue and striking heat. However, only 394 of them have been hired immediately. To DOLE Bicol Regional Director Nathaniel Lacambra, this number of newly-hired workers is already a ‘significant accomplishment.’ For those who did not qualify, according to DOLE Bicol Assistant Regional Director Exequiel Ronie Guzman, they have been either referred to TESDA for skills training or registered for livelihood assistance.
Lacambra also mentioned that they intend to organize 37 job fairs throughout 2013. He is confident that this strategy will further curb the number of unemployed Bicolanos.
In the most recent labor survey conducted by National Statistics Office, the employment rate of the region grew by 1% this year. However, reports from National Statistical Coordination Board also revealed that Bicol still has the highest number of underemployed in the Philippines.Sources: www.thesummitexpress.com I www.ro5.dole.gov.ph I http://www.pia.gov.ph I www.bicolpulse.com