Over 1,000 Navoteños flocked to the Navotas Sports Complex to apply for local and overseas work or learn how to run a business at the city’s Hanapbuhay Caravan and Mega Job Fair.
The event was conducted in celebration of the 10th cityhood anniversary of Navotas.
Among the 1,267 participants, 52 were hired on the spot, and 1,015 qualified for further interview.
A total of 51 companies joined the event, 44 of which offered jobs within the Philippines and seven offered overseas employment.
The Navotas Hanapbuhay Center, which organized the event, also conducted business seminars to teach participants how to start or grow their own ventures.
Ninety Navoteños learned the fundamentals of starting a business, while 60 received advice on how to avail of the Tulong Puhunan program of the city government.
Furthermore, 50 Navoteños earned free skills trainings on doughnut and maja blanca making.
“We want every Navoteño to have a decent and sustainable source of income. If they have jobs or livelihood, they will have more opportunities to improve their lives,” said Mayor John Rey Tiangco.
During the fair, the Department of Labor and Employment awarded motorcycle spare parts and general merchandise worth P250,000 to the Tricycle Operator and Driver Association Inc.
The agency also granted the Gabay N’yo, Pag-Unlad Ko Inc., composed of persons with disabilities from Barangay Tanza, P50,000 as additional capital for their rug-making venture.
Meanwhile, the Overseas Workers’ Welfare Authority also gave two Navoteños, Alvin Vincentulan Soledad and Marvin Lucas Soriaga, P20,000 as token for their hard work abroad.