GENERAL Santos City -- Job seekers in Region 12 (Soccsksargen) can take their chances from around 7,000 job opportunities, including more than 3,600 overseas, during the Labor Day job fair slated here Wednesday.
Sisinio Cano, Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Region 12 director, said Monday the job fair is among the biggest employment and livelihood generation activities lined up in the region this year.
Cano said over 3,600 vacancies for overseas employment and 3,300 for local placements are expected in the job fair, to be held at the KCC Mall Convention Center.
Based on data posted as of Monday morning at the agency's registration website (www.dole12tnk.org), at least 37 local companies and business establishments have already signified to join the annual activity. These include fishing companies, factories, retail stores, shopping malls, hotels, construction firms, restaurant and fast food outlets, cooperatives, a college, hospital, call center, consulting firm and swine producer.
The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency-Region 12 even listed vacancies for five permanent positions. Most of the available jobs are for service crew, office personnel as well as production, construction and field workers.
For overseas employment, the agency has enlisted five manpower agencies, with vacancies from 20 companies and establishments. The job vacancies are for nurses, merchandisers, accountants, storekeepers, engineers, mechanics, teachers and various skilled workers for deployment in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Germany, Japan, and Qatar.
"We're focusing more on opportunities for skilled workers and not much on domestic or household service workers due to numerous problems with that these past years," Cano said in an interview over television program Magandang Umaga South Central Mindanao.
Aside from the job fair, the DOLE-12 official said they have lined up a number of activities and services in line with the “Trabaho, Negosyo at Kabuhayan” or TNK strategy through their partner-agencies and institutions.
He said DOLE-12 will release around PHP4 million worth of livelihood packages to poor and marginalized workers from parts of the region.
Cano said the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority will hold skills demonstrations and services like free haircut, massage, manicure, pedicure, and hair rebond.
The Department of Trade and Industry will also host advocacy and learning sessions on entrepreneurial skills through its Negosyo Center.
Meanwhile, the National Bureau of Investigation, Social Security System, Pag-Ibig Fund and the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. will offer pre-employment services for job seekers and other concerned residents. (PNA)
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