DOLE job fair on December 8 at Gaisano City Iloilo

Some 7, 930 vacancies await job seekers in Western Visayas as the Department of Labor (DOLE) announced the opening of two-day job fair in celebration of its 79th founding anniversary launched on Friday.

The same fair was launched simultaneously in Aklan and Negros Occidental with 735 job vacancies available in two provinces.

DOLE regional director Ponciano M. Ligutom said there were 35 job vacancies in Aklan for local employment at 17 establishments while in Negros Occidental, 355 are for local employment and 350 are for abroad from 34 local and 15 overseas participating agencies.

In Iloilo, a job fair was slated on Saturday at the Gaisano City where 7,190 were up for grabs from 49 local establishments and 15 overseas recruitment agencies.

Meanwhile, the business process outsourcing (BPOs) industry topped the employment provider with 1, 350 with vacancies open for customer service associates.

Also included in the top five skills in Western Visayas are marketing representatives with 325 slots open; engineers/architects with 50; accounting personnel with 42 and company drivers with 34 vacancies.

Those who are interested for the Saturday job fair are encouraged to pre-register at the Gaisano City mall.

DOLE facilitated job fairs for this year consistently showed high placement rates, all surpassing the 15 percent target.

During the Labor Day job fair, 1, 344 applicants were placed equivalent to 19. 31 percent of the applicants while the Independence Day job fair made a 40 percent placement rate equivalent to 404 job seekers.(Source: PNA)

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