MANILA Jobseekers, majority of whom were newly graduates, flocked to the government job and business fair in Quezon City on Tuesday, Labor Day.
Henry John Jalbuena, Department of Labor and Employment-National Capital Region (DOLE-NCR) director, noted that many of the applicants were applying for local employment.
Majority of the applicants are newly graduates and many applicants are looking for jobs here in the country, Jalbuena said in an interview at the Trabaho, Negosyo at Kabuhayan (TNK) fair held at the Quezon City Hall grounds in Quezon City.
He added that those applying for jobs overseas were applicants with work experience.
Meanwhile, DOLE data showed that as of 4 p.m. on Tuesday, a total of 4,304 applicants (20.9 percent) were hired on-the-spot (HOTS) in the various TNK fairs held nationwide.
Of the number, 2,804 were hired for local jobs while 81 got jobs overseas.
Data also showed that the job applicants who registered numbered 23,844 for local jobs and 4,939 for overseas employment, while those who were qualified numbered 14,690 for local jobs and 2,885 for overseas work.
The total number of near-hire applicants or those who have yet to submit additional requirements or need further interviews were 7,700 (local) and 1,612 (overseas).
The DOLE said the figure is expected to increase as the agency is still waiting for the breakdown from other regions.
The labor department organized a total of 37 TNKs nationwide in line with the celebration of Labor Day, which carried the theme, Pagpupugay sa Manggagawang Pilipino: Dangal ng Lahi, Kabalikat sa Progresibong Pagbabago". (PNA)
Source: Philippine News Agency