2-day capitol job fair attracts thousands

ILOILO City – Thousands of job hunters showed up on the first day yesterday of the two-day job fair at the Iloilo provincial government.

More are expected to file job applications today.

According to the Public Employment Service Office (PESO), participating companies were grouped into two. Present on Day 1 yesterday were overseas recruitment agencies; business process outsourcing (BPO), logistics and real estate companies; hospitals; and banks/microfinance organizations.

Government agencies were there yesterday, too.

Today features all other local companies.

Of the 60,707 total vacancies being made available, 53,201 are for overseas employment and 7,506 are for local employment.

According to PESO chief Francisco Heler Jr., most of the overseas job opportunities were for masons, carpenters, foremen, engineers, welders, waiters, cooks, receptionists, bellmen, nurses, X-ray technicians, laboratory technicians, and physicians.

On the other hand, many of the participating local companies were in the BPO, tutorial, real estate, banking/microfinance, retail, and hotel and restaurant industries.

For government agencies, the Bureau of Fire Protection yesterday looked for Fire Officers 1; Department of Budget and Management, administrative officer II; and Bureau of Internal Revenue, attorney II, administrative assistant III, statistician II, and legal assistant II.

The Professional Regulation Commission, the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, and the Department of Trade and Industry joined the job fair, too.

In addition, seven companies – four BPO companies, two banks, and a bakery – were hiring only PWD (persons with disabilities) workers.

“There is a designated area for PWDs where representatives of companies intending to hire them are posted. They need not queue,” Heler said, adding that such companies will be present on both days./PN


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