Cebu City, Philippines (10 May 2023). The number of jobseekers, who were hired on the spot during the Labor Day Job Fairs held on May 1 both in Cebu and Negros Oriental rose to 234 from the initial tally of 199.

The good news came in when a few more employers turned in their complete reports to DOLE-7 especially those participating in the job far held at the Robinsons Galleria Cebu.

“We are happy learning of this development. At least, 35 more from the initial record of 199 HOTS, actually landed a job on the spot. By far, this is the highest number of HOTS that we’ve produced in all the Labor Day Job Fairs conducted in Region-7. And we are very optimistic that we can still do and deliver more! To all the HOTS, congratulations and to all participating employers, thank you!” said Director Lilia A. Estillore, who recently took her oath of office in Manila as the latest Director IV of the Department of Labor and Employment.

From 199, the HOTS produced by the Job Fair held at the Robinsons Galleria Cebu now rose to 166, while the number of HOTS tallied at the job fair conducted at the Lamberto Macias Sports and Cultural Center in Dumaguete City remained at 68.

Just a few days before May 1, the number of vacancies that were up for grabs also significantly increased totaling to 8,000 both for both job fairs.

The positions that were being filled up on the spot on May 1 involved the following:

  • Customer Service Representatives;
  • ESL Teachers;
  • Cashiers;
  • Card Dealers;
  • Sales Clerks;
  • Baggers;
  • Clerks;
  • Store Clerks;
  • Office Staff; and
  • Helper Mechanics.

Of the 1,054 jobseekers who came to the two job fair venues to apply, 851 were qualified, while 277 were considered “Near Hires.”

‘Near hires’ are job applicants who were considered hired but needs to submit additional or lacking requirements, or may need to attend further interviews or tests.

For both the Cebu and Dumaguete City job fairs, 108 were referred to TESDA for skills training and enhancement; 15 for livelihood assistance of DOLE; 81 for entrepreneurship opportunities with DTI; and about 279 were referred to the One-Stop-Shop Services, which was participated in by the DOLE-7 partner-agencies.

During the job fairs, parallel activities also took place involving the Kadiwa Ng Pangulo Para sa Manggagawa in coordination with the DTI and DA; Skills Demonstration of TESA; DOLE Clinic; Business Coaching and Entrepreneurship Opportunities by DTI; Employment Coaching by PMAP-Cebu Chapter; and the One-Stop-Shop Services by the DOLE-7’s partner-agencies.




For more information on this report, you may contact LuchelSenarloTaniza, Regional Labor Information Officer, by sending an email at