Job fair marks Asean anniversary

Pamela Jay F. Orias

CAGAYAN de Oro's Public Employment and Services Office (Peso), in partnership with the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole)- Northern Mindanao, has announced the need to fill some 5,000 jobs overseas as part of the 50th anniversary of the Association of Southeast Nations (Asean).

The one-day jobs fair yesterday was attended by 22 manpower recruitment agencies offering 5,470 overseas jobs while the lone-government agency in attendance, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, announced that it needs to fill 250 job vacancies.

"We are thankful for the Job Placement Office of Cagayan de Oro, under the leadership of City Mayor Oscar Moreno for initiating this job fair, which only aims to build up employment here in the city," Estrella Pahalla, Dole-Northern Mindanao regional director, said.

Pahalla urged job seekers to participate in job fairs to avoid falling in the trap of illegal recruitment.

She said jobs offered in job fairs are certified valid job orders and legal.

Among the recruitment agencies which joined the job fair are Al Assal Manpower Inc., Bright Star Placement Corp., East West Placement Center, Euroasia Phillipines Inc., Jamal Human Resource Internationale, Michaelangelo Manpower Exponent, and United Placeman, among others.

Pahalla said another job fair will be initiated in August 31.

The Dole-Northern Mindanao will launch JobStart Phillipines which will focus on three aspects: "Trabaho, Negosyo, at Kabuhayan."

"Unlike the usual jobs fair we have, the JobStart will consist of symposiums and forum on how to start a business, we will also feature success stories from businessmen, and forum on challenges of having business. We will provide inputs on basic labor policies, and information drive on health and safety for the employees," Pahalla said.