The Department of Labor and Employment ARMM, DOLE Region 9 and PESO in coordination with the Provincial Government of Basilan spearheaded the activity as part of the 44th Founding Anniversary celebration of Basilan Province.
"It is a strategy for workers and employers to meet in one venue. They don't have to travel from one company to another without spending a lot of money. It saves cost to both employers and applicants," Ms. Ofelia Domingo, DOLE-9 regional director said, citing the importance of the jobs fair.
RD Domingo also emphasized the need for the readiness of the applicants before going to the venue especially with their requirements because the jobs fair is a great opportunity to all who are seeking employment.
She also advised the applicants to be confident and carry a positive attitude when facing possible employers.
"Be yourself, be honest and be transparent and ganun din po sa mga employers, please give chance to our new graduates because they also need experience," she added.
Furthermore, Abdulgani M. Cadir, OIC Admin of POEA ARMM, in his keynote message, emphasized that jobs fair is one of the best and effective way to gain employment. He also enlightened the participants with the life of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).
The activity was participated by six overseas recruitment agencies with a total of 4,877 job orders. Six local employers with 2,310 job vacancies also joined the activity.
Overseas recruitment agencies interviewed 43 applicants and 30 of them were found qualified.
For local employers, there were 169 applicants who registered and interviewed, wherein 75 were considered qualified and three were hired on the spot.
Qualified applicants were advised to undergo further examination and submit other required documents for evaluation to find out their capability for the jobs they applied for.
However, Labor and Employment Chief, DOLE Isabela City Maria Elena Alibata said that their output in the activity is not impressive due to a very minimal number of applicants who registered. Out of 7,187 job vacancies brought by both local and overseas employers, there were only 212 registered applicants.
"The turn out of the just-concluded job fair here may not have been that impressive maybe because of time constraints," she said. (ALT/RVC/PIA9-Basilan with reports from Nilda Delos Reyes)