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Jobseekers told: join job fairs in March

Cebu City, Philippines. At least eight (8) job fairs are to be conducted for the month of March 2017 in Central Visayas. 

In her report to Labor and Employment Regional Director Exequiel R. Sarcauga, DOLE 7-Technical Support Services Division-Employment Workers Welfare (TSSD-EWW) Chief, Maria Nancy Z. Abad said that jobseekers looking for work locally and abroad should give it a try at the scheduled job fairs.

On 8 March, she said, Cebu City is going to hold a local job fair at St. Paul AVR, Bulacao-Pardo, Cebu City. Another local job fair is set on 10 March, which will be held at the Cebu Normal University (CNU) Campus, Osmeña Blvd., Cebu Ctiy. The Cebu Provincial Government has scheduled an Overseas Job Fair on 12 March, which will take place at the Cebu Provincial Capitol Social Hall, Cebu City. 

On March 16 to 17, Abad added, the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) would like to invite everyone interested to take part in their 2-day Local and Overseas Job Fairs, which will all be facilitated at the USJ-R Activity Area, Magallanes St., Cebu City. 

The following day, on 18 March, Cebu City will hold a Local and Overseas Job Fair. Jobseekers are invited to go to the Cebu City Sports Center, formerly called Abellana Sports Complex. On the same date, the local government unit (LGU) of Lilo-an, Cebu will conduct a Local and Overseas Job Fair and the same will be held at the municipality’s Panphil B. Frasco Memorial Sports Complex. On 20 March, LGU-Mandaue City will facilitate a Local Job Fair. To accommodate more jobseekers to the event, it will be held at the spacious Mandaue City Sports Complex. 

“We urge jobseekers to drop by said job fairs and be ready with all necessary documents and requirements. They have to be prepared with documents such as biodata; picture (2x2); certificate of employment for experienced jobseekers; diploma/Transcript of Records; and NSO authenticated Birth certificate,” said Director Sarcauga. 

To facilitate smooth flow of applications, jobseekers, according to him, should be properly guided by the procedure observed at the Job Fair venues. 

New applicants should go to the Registration Area and fill-up necessary information on the forms provided. For previously registered applicants in the Public Employment Service Office (PESO), they have to proceed to the Selection Area for vacancies. 

“Jobseekers should be able to choose the position that best fits their qualifications. And it is important that they take note of the Company's name before they proceed to the agency's booth,” said the DOLE-7 Head. 

He advised applicants to listen closely to the instructions of the interviewer. Applicants who are not qualified for a certain position may always look for other vacancies at the Selection Area. 

“For pre-selected applicants for overseas employment, they need to follow-up their applications at the PESO in their areas or wait for a telegram or notice from the recruitment agency. Before proceeding to Manila, just in case, they have to present the telegram or notice to the DOLE Regional Office for proper clearance,” he added. 

Applicants seeking training assistance are advised to proceed to the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) booth for interview and scheduling. For those seeking for self-employment assistance, they have to proceed to the self-employment booth. And for overseas Filipino workers and their dependents seeking for welfare services, they are directed to proceed to the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) booth for interview. 

Jobs Fair is an employment facilitation strategy aimed to fast-track the meeting of jobseekers and employers or overseas recruitment agencies in one venue at a specific date to reduce cost, time and effort particularly on the part of the applicants. 

“All job fairs are open to all unemployed, skilled and unskilled workers, fresh college graduates, graduates of training institutions, displaced workers and employees seeking advancement,” explained Director Sarcauga. 

He added that during Jobs Fair, applicants select vacancies suited to their qualifications and employers could interview and hire on the spot (HOTS) qualified workers. 

The overall supervision of the conduct of Job Fairs is maintained by the Department of Labor and Employment. Apart from the DOLE-Regional Offices, Job Fairs are also implemented by the following agencies, namely: Bureau of Local Employment (BLE); Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA); Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA); Public Employment Service Offices (PESOs); and Private Companies and Recruitment Agencies. 




For more information on this report, you may contact Luchel S. Taniza- Regional Labor Communication Officer at telefax number (032) 266-2792 or you may send an email at

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