Job fair offers 8,000 vacancies for Aklan

KALIBO -  The recent job fair that was held at the ABL Sports Complex in Kalibo, Aklan offered a total of 8,147 vacancies in local and overseas employment for Aklanons.
The job fair, which was initiated by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Region 6, aimed to turn Aklan’s “unemployed to employed”, according to DOLE 6 OIC Assistant Regional Director Salome O. Siaton, in her message at the opening program of the activity.
This period’s job fair was held in coordination with the officers of the Congressional District of Rep. Teodorico T. Haresco, Jr. and the Provincial Government under Governor Florencio T. Miraflores.
Siaton told the hundreds of Aklanons who mobbed the job fair that this is the second time for DOLE to hold the activity in the province this year, after the first one that was held in March 2014 at the Daeangpan it mga Kababayen-an it Aklan at the Dr. Rafael S. Tumbokon Memorial Hospital (DRSTMH) grounds.
“The theme ‘Sama-sama, Hanap Trabaho Para sa Todo Asenso’ is very fitting for our activity”, said Siaton in her message, adding that of the 3,000 graduates from Aklan in March 2014, she said only 20% of these are employed, while 80% are still jobless.
The job fair, according to her, aims to facilitate job seekers to gather in one venue for wider choices of applicants.
The job fair was participated by 28 business establishments and recruitment agencies with available local jobs for fast food workers, mall merchandizers and tourism-related services in mainland Aklan and in Boracay Island, and household/domestic helpers, skilled workers and marine transportation, etc. for those aiming to find jobs abroad or overseas.
For his part, Congressman Teodorico T. Haresco, Rep. for the Lone District of Aklan, expressed his appreciation to DOLE-6 for the conduct of the job fair in Aklan.
As the job fair also served as a One-Stop Shop for other government agencies to offer their services to the job seekers and the public, he thanked the various offices for coming – the Philhealth, the Social Security System (SSS), Technical Education and Skills Development (TESDA), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Pag-IBIG Fund, Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA)and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) for their participation.
Haresco also announced the various opportunities for Aklanons to improve their lives by availing of scholarships offered by TESDA, Philippine Marine Merchant Academy (PMMA), and the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) and earn big salaries upon employment.
He also revealed the various job opportunities in New Zealand with high salaries being offered and where a Filipino, upon completion of a one-year stay in that country, could apply as an immigrant already.
 Aklan governor Florencio T. Miraflores, for his part, lauded the AMA Computer Unviersity, represented in the activity by Chief Operating Officer Arnel Hibo, for making representations to set up in Aklan the first-ever call center.
“This is a great opportunity for the province because we have the right infrastructure already, we have good internet access because of Boracay Island as service providers are putting up the latest in internet connection, and our graduates are at par with those from other areas in the country”, Miraflores said in his message.
To cement the partnership with the province of Aklan and the AMA Computer University,  Gov. Miraflores, Cong. Haresco and COO Hibo signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for the venture in Aklan.

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