Cordi job fair to lessen unemployment rate

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The Cordillera Department of Labor and Employment in partnership with the public Employment and Services Office (PESO) of Baguio City will be holding this year’s Labor Day job’s fair with over 15,000 vacancies at the gymnasium of the Baguio City National High School today, May 1.

The annual job’s fair in celebration of Labor Day has become a traditional employment facilitation strategy of the City of Baguio and DOLE-CAR to lessen the rate of unemployment as well as underemployment in the region, said Regional Director Ezequel Ronnie Guzman.

Of the 15,000 job vacancies, over 14,000 are for overseas employment and only more than 1,600 are for local employment per record of PESO Baguio.

Local employment opportunities include customer service representatives for the call center industry mostly located in Baguio City as well as English Language Teachers, cashiers, bookkeepers, sales staff, food and beverage service crews, plumbers, and skilled workers for the construction industry.

For the overseas hiring, these are nurses, nursing aid, factory workers, cleaners and painters.

“Ang hinahanap sa mga manggagawa ngayon ay hindi lang skills kundi maging ang behaviour o attitude towards work, their initiative and willingness to learn,” Guzman explained.

While unemployment rate in the region is only pegged at 4percent rate, Guzman hopes the job fair will serve as opportunity for applicants to find a permanent employment that will lessen the number of the unemployed sector.

Baguio’s Labor and Employment Officer Romelda Escaño supported the statement of Guzman saying human resource specialists considers it a red flag when an applicant has a record of changing employment from one company to another in a year.

“Most of the millennial generation is impatient according to human resource a specialist that we’ve talked, they lacked commitment and that’s why they keep on changing employment,” Escaño said.

Both Guzman and Escaño believes that changing employment from one to another in less than a year delays the opportunity for the applicant to land in a permanent employment status.

During the job fair, there will also be frontline services of the PhilHealth, Pag-Ibig, Social Security System, Government Service Insurance System, Overseas Workers and Welfare Administration, Department of Trade and Industry, and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority among others.

A livelihood fair featuring the products of the Cordillera will also be set up at the ground of the BCNHS during the job fair sponsored by the DTI Cordillera. By Baguio PIO

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