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661 job applicants flocked to a job fair over the weekend at the Cagayan National High School Gymnasium, reports the Philippines News Agency. Held as part of the celebration of the 430th Cagayan Founding Anniversary (Aggao Nac Cagayan) the fair was conducted by the Provincial Government of Cagayan through its Public Employment Service Office and the Department of Labour and Employment-2 (DOLE-2).
According to Liezel Magno from the DOLE Cagayan Field Office, the job fair was some 20 local employers participated in the event along with seven overseas recruitment agencies.
'Vacancies offered by the local employers totalled to 598 while 2,075 jobs were presented by the overseas recruitment agencies. Registered job applicants totalled to 661,' Magno said.
Some of the positions offered for local employment were in banks, hospital, call centre, hotels, and fast food chain among others while overseas jobs offered include hotel and restaurant workers, nurses, engineers, draftsman, plumbers, therapists, drivers, welders, electricians, pipe fitters, and labourers.
Five applicants were hired-on-the-spot, four for local employment and one for overseas job, while 608 were told to report for further interview.
The job fair is an employment facilitation strategy aimed at fast-tracking the meeting of jobseekers and employers/overseas recruitment agencies in one venue at a specific date to reduce cost, time and effort particularly on the part of the applicants.
It is open to all unemployed, skilled and unskilled workers, fresh college graduates, graduates of training institutions, displaced workers and employees seeking advancement.
The local recruitment fair, while not of international importance, highlights the huge demand for Filipino workers across the globe.