BALANGA CITY, Bataan – Former overseas Filipino worker (OFW), Nor Palaypay landed a job for local employment here. Thanks to the recently-concluded Labor Day Job Fair held at the Bataan People’s Center in Balanga City, Bataan.
The job fair, where Palayapay was hired, was organized by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and the Provincial Government of Bataan, through its Public Employment Service Office (PESO).
Palaypay, 31, a resident of Orion, Bataan, is among the 131 jobseekers who was very fortunate to be hired on the spot during the Labor Day Job Fair.
“Ako po ay natutuwa at taos-pusong nagpapasalamat sa DOLE at sa mga kasamahan nito sa pangangasiwa ng Labor Day Job Fair na ito, na tunay nga namang naaangkop sa pagbibigay-pugay sa mga manggagawa, dahil ako po ay isa sa mga nabigyan ng pagkakataon na makapaghanap ng trabaho sa madaling paraan at pinalad din naman magkaroon ng trabaho sa araw na ito,” Palaypay said.
Getting hired on the spot during the job fair was indeed good news for Palaypay after months of being jobless since returning from abroad.
Palaypay, who previously worked in Canada for eight years, decided to quit his job and return to the Philippines for good to be reunited with his family.
Barely a month since his return, Palaypay took a short electrical engineering course from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, or TESDA.
Job fair employer-participant, SP Dela Roya Contracting and Consultancy Services, a manpower agency from Bataan, hired Palaypay for his newly-acquired skill and work experience abroad.
DOLE Bataan Field Office head Leilani Reynoso said that Palaypay, along with the other 130 hired on-the- spot (HOTS) represented the job fair’s successful placement rate of 27.58 percent.
“We are very happy on the turnout of our job fair because we’ve exceeded the Department’s placement rate target of 25 percent of 475 qualified applicants based on initial reports submitted by the DOLE Field Office and Provincial PESO of Bataan,” Reynoso explained, adding:
“There will be a month-long monitoring for those qualified jobseekers who were subjected for further interview and we are hopeful that they will eventually be hired as well.”
Reynoso also noted that some 555 jobseekers joined the job fair which offered around 13,470 job vacancies from 27 local firms and 9 POEA-accredited private recruitment agencies.
DOLE attached agencies TESDA, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, and National Wages Productivity Commission were in full force to oversee the job fair.
Meanwhile, social government agencies such as the Social Security System, PhilHealth, and Pag-IBIG, were also present to provide services to jobseekers on their pre-employment requirements.
The Labor Day Job Fair in Bataan is a major activity in line with the month-long Labor Day Celebration anchoring the theme “Kinabukasan Sigurado sa Disenteng Trabaho.”