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Over 28K job seekers attend ‘Kalayaan’ job fairs: DOLE

MANILA, Philippines — During the nationwide “Trabaho, Negosyo, Kabuhayan” (Jobs, Business, Livelihood) job and business fairs on Sunday, over 28,600 job seekers took advantage of the 151,000 local and abroad employment chances.

In a news release, Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Silvestre Bello III announced that 2,405 candidates were guaranteed immediate employment, while over 9,537 others were considered near-hires, citing a report from the Bureau of Local Employment.

With the involvement of 1,163 employers who brought with them 151,325 local and international jobs, the labor head emphasized the government’s efforts to re-establish employment.

Nina Mae Morales, 19, was one of those hired on the spot during a job fair event at the Bulacan Capitol Gymnasium in Malolos City, and will shortly join the IndoPhil Group’s marketing team.

Morales, a senior high school graduate, stated that she was ready to get started right away.

“Our village informed me about the job fair. Morales informed DOLE in Filipino, “The application process was swift, and I was among those recruited on the spot.”

Meanwhile, 315 applicants were sent for training to the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, 190 to the Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns for livelihood training/assistance, and 267 to the Department of Trade and Industry for business inquiries and concerns.

Aside from supporting employment in the formal sector, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) provided disadvantaged and marginalized people with emergency employment and livelihood aid.

In Bulacan, Bello oversaw the distribution of salary to 1,286 beneficiaries of the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) Program.

For their 10-day commitment, each worker got PHP4,200.

Bello gave 500 Freebis (Free Bisikleta) beneficiaries bicycles and 563 informal sector employees Nego-Karts (Negosyo sa Kariton) through the DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program.

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