DIGOS CITY, Davao del Sur, June 29 (PIA) – More than a thousand job seekers from across the province here grabbed the chance for employment in a one-day job fair held Thursday, June 27 in the city which brought around 1,500 job vacancies.
The Trabaho, Negosyo, Kabuhayan (TNK) Job Fair of the Davao del Sur provincial government paved way to the outright hiring of 289 applicants and near hire of 148 job seekers.
Of the 1,210 applicants, mostly fresh graduates and unemployed, 953 were interviewed and 394 were validated. Fifty-eight percent or 697 of the applicants were female.
The local government through its Public Employment Service Office gathered 32 local private firms and four overseas companies from Digos City and Davao City, which offered 1,515 job vacancies.
Davao del Sur Governor Douglas Ra Cagas said the TNK job fair aimed to fill up unemployment by 2022. “We want all unemployment in this province be filled up by year 2022. That is three years from now up today.”
“As contained in the Philippine Development Plan (PDP), it increases employment levels, improves access to employment opportunities, and addresses the person’s skills requirements,” Cagas stated.
PESO Davao del Sur also collaborated with the provincial offices of the Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Labor and Employment, and Department of Science and Technology to become part of the undertaking and contribute to the job hiring.
DOLE Davao del Sur on its part, allocated P5 million funding for its Government Internship Program (GIP) which is being implemented by the provincial government of Davao del Sur.
Cagas was thankful for the assistance of DOLE and urged young job seekers to grab this chance for internship and at the same time earn.
“This provides three to six months internship opportunity for high school and technical, vocational, or college graduates who want to pursue a career in the public service in either local or national government,” the governor explained.
Aside from providing employment opportunities for job seekers, the TNK job fair also gave a chance for entrepreneurs to gain and enhance their knowledge and skills on managing their business.
DTI Davao del Sur featured its Negosyo Center, and conducted financing forum, entrepreneurial mind setting and one-on-one business consultancy and financing matching during the job fair.
DOST Davao del Sur also took its part by organizing a science and technology forum focused on wastewater treatment facility.
The TNK job fair was part of the preliminary activities in line with the celebration of the 52nd Araw ng Davao del Sur on July 1, which banners the theme “Moving towards Industrialization and Tourism, Now Na!”
The other government agencies which joined the fair include: Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), Social Security System (SSS), Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and Philippines Information Agency (PIA). (PIA-XI/Carina L. Cayon)
Source: PIA Feed