A total of 332 applicants were hired on the spot (HOTS), while Senior High School graduates also landed jobs during the recent Trabaho, Turismo, Asenso-Philippine Tourism Job Fair in Cebu City.
Of the 332 HOTS, more than 20 of them were Senior High School graduates, who were hired as new dealers, stock clerks, cashiers, service crew, and customer service representatives.
“I’m so happy. Dream job gyud ko ni,” said Jonalyn Terante of Moalboal, Cebu, a fresh graduate with no work experience, who was hired on the spot as a New Dealer at Nustar Resort and Casino.
The positions with the most number of HOTS are the following, namely:
· ESL Teachers;
· New Dealers;
· Customer Service Representatives;
· Sales Staff;
· Service Crew;
· Office Staff;
· Customer Assistants;
· Stock Clerks; and
“The positive turnout of the first-ever Trabaho, Turismo, Asenso: Philippine Tourism Job Fair conducted last week at SM City Cebu showed that the Tourism Industry in Region-VII is revived and is now welcoming back more applicants to complement the workforce it needs,” said DOLE-7 OIC-Regional Director Lilia A. Estillore.
The top participating employers that hired the most number of applicants are as follows:
· QQ English;
· Rulls Cellphones and Accessories, Inc.;
· SM Savemore;
· Nustar Resort and Casino;
· Azpired Inc.;
· SM Supermarket;
· SM Store;
· Supervalue Inc.;
· McDonald’s Philippines; and
· SM Appliance.
“We are grateful to all participating employers especially to those who hired applicants on the spot. We are hoping for more employers joining in our upcoming job fairs and for more applicants, who will be given the opportunity to land a decent job in addition to the new HOTS,” added Director Estillore.
Of the 1,830 jobseekers, who registered, only 1,232 were qualified. About a hundred were referred to the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) for skills training and around 18 were referred to the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) for business opportunities.
“The number of HOTS is likely to increase in the coming days as we also have tallied 182 applicants falling under the Near Hires category. In a months’ time, our data will definitely change,” explained the Regional Head.
“Near Hires” or jobseekers considered hired but would still need to submit additional or lacking requirements will be monitored by DOLE and its partner Public Employment Service Office (PESO) – Cebu City’s Department of Manpower Development and Placement (DMDP) headed by Fidel Magno.
The Trabaho, Turismo, Asenso-Philippine Tourism Job Fair was launched in Cebu on September 22-23 2022 at the Cebu Trade Hall, SM City Cebu, with the Department of Tourism, DMDP, and DOLE-7 being the prime movers. End//LSenarlo-Taniza with reporting from Bless M. De Padua of NOFO