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300,000 jobs available on June 12 job fair

First Posted 16:13:00 06/11/2009

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MANILA, Philippines?The Department of Labor and Employment said over 300,000 jobs here and abroad are available in the three-day Kalayaan 2009 Job and Livelihood Fair in 19 cities nationwide on June12 to 14.

Labor and Employment Secretary Marianito Roque said over 30,000 short-term emergency or project-based entry-level jobs are available for displaced workers and unemployed youth at various government agencies, while those interested for private employment have 49,000 local openings to choose from

He said job seekers can apply for openings in 85 government agencies on June 12, in 614 private local employers on June 13, and in 383 overseas employers on June 14.

?Through the job fair, employers local and abroad can widen its search for the best skills and talents who can contribute in the economy and help unemployed Filipinos cope with the global economic downturn,? he said.

Displaced government workers and job seekers with civil service eligibility or license can apply for about 50,000 openings in government agencies that offer both regular positions and short-term emergency or project-based employment.

The Department of Agriculture has the biggest number of unfilled vacancies at 12,000.

Meanwhile, those who eye jobs overseas have more than 200,000 openings available to them, said Jennifer Manalili.

She said traditional job markets such as Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Hong Kong, and Singapore and new markets in Canada and Russia have opportunities for Filipinos.

To facilitate job matching and placement, Roque urged job seekers to register for the job fair at their website for pre-screening by participating employers, said Raymond Agravante, DoLE Metro Manila director.

In Metro Manila, the job fair will be held at Plaza San Lorenzo Ruiz in Rizal Park, near the Quirino Grandstand, Agravante said.

Job openings for regular positions range from IT-related and administrative positions, project development officers, and financial analysts while those for emergency or temporary positions include utility workers, crafts and trade helpers, data encoders, and road maintenance workers.

Assistance for pre-employment documentation will also be available during the three-day job fair as the Social Security System, National Bureau of Investigation, National Statistics Office, Bureau of Internal Revenue, and the Department of Foreign Affairs.

Booths will be set up to help job seekers immediately process their papers, said Roque.

There will also be legal assistance, Libreng Tawag for overseas workers via Globe network, and technology and skills demonstration for those who want to learn alternative income sources, he said.

The current unemployment rate is at 7.7 percent or equivalent to about 2.9 million unemployed Filipinos, slightly higher than last year's 7.4 percent, according to DoLE statistics.


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