DAVAO CITY – The First Congressional District Office’s Virtual Job Fair held on Friday, November 19, has hired at least 25 applicants on the spot at Holy Child College of Davao on Jacinto Street, Davao City.
Of the 1,854 job seekers who registered onsite, 177 got interviewed by the employers participating in the job fair. Those who were hired on the spot include cashier, sales representative, and baggers.
Larry Barn Baltazar, an operator for PESO Information System, said the 1,854 registered job seekers were onsite. He added that they have yet to count those who got interviewed and hired online.
Iselmae Malode, 25, from Barangay 76-A Bucana, was among the job seekers hired on the spot. She said that she did not expect it but was very happy that she finally landed a job.
“Taud-taod na ko nangita ug trabaho kaso wala gani response gikan sa mga gipang-apply-an nako, hantod sa nakita nako sa Facebook ning Virtual Job Fair sa First Congressional District, ni rehistro ko online,” Malode said.
Malode expressed her appreciation to First Congressional District Representative Paolo “Pulong” Duterte and to all who made the virtual job fair possible, as she was given the chance to work.
Jake Galacio Gabiola, 31, a resident from Buhangin District, recalled how he got lost while going to the Job Fair venue. He said it was all worth it after he got accepted for a job he applied.
“Nag-alanganin pa gani ko muadto kay kini bitaw naa pa ta ginaatiman sa panimalay. Pero akoang giisip sab kinahanglan makaadto ko sa job fair aron makakita nako ug trabaho,” Gabiola said.
The employers who participated in the event were as follows: Metrol Cleaners, Steel Asia, Davao Manpower Incorporated, Sutherland, Franklin Baker, Ana's Breeders, Vicente Lao Construction, Gaisano Mall of Davao, Agri Exim Global, and Jathnier.
Rep. Duterte said they utilized an online platform to provide opportunities and assistance to those who are still unemployed and those who lost their jobs, following the COVID-19 pandemic.
Lorraine Grace Ugsang, of the DOLE-11 Davao City Field Office, Employment Facilitation Program, said that their office still has upcoming job fair for those who are still seeking a job. All they need to do is to keep posted.
Duterte’s office organized the Virtual Job Fair in coordination with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and the Davao City’s Public Employment Service Office (PESO).
The First Congressional District Office recognized the resilience of the employers, employees, and job seekers amid the pandemic. They thanked their partner agencies for their support of the event and the Holy Child College of Davao for offering their facilities as the venue for the opening of the virtual job fair.