128 applicants hired on the spot in ‘Fiesta sa Lapu-Lapu’ job fair

ABOUT 128 applicants were hired on the spot during the Fiesta sa Lapu-Lapu Job Fair Friday, Nov. 18, 2022.

Kim Francisco, head of the city’s Public Employment Service Office (PESO), said the filled-up positions represent only 2.80 percent of the 4,556 job openings offered by around 23 companies.

Two of the companies are recruitment agencies that offered jobs abroad.

Over 1,000 applicants

Francisco said about 1,200 applicants flocked to the Outlets in Barangay Basak, Lapu-Lapu City, hoping to land jobs despite the incessant rains on Friday morning.

He said the local and overseas job fair was the fifth job fair conducted in the city and was open to all applicants, adding that this is among their fiesta activities of the city’s patron saint, the Our Lady of the Rule.

Overseas work in demand

Francisco said this was the first time that they included overseas job offerings, wherein they were looking for about 500 skilled workers to go abroad particularly to Australia, Japan, Croatia and Qatar.

Francisco said most of the local job openings were call center positions, factory workers, butchers, as well as engineers and nurses.

Celedonio Agus Ardedon, recruitment coordinator agency for VFG International Placement Inc., said they are looking for at least 31 nurses for Qatar and five butchers for Australia but stressed that no one applied for the nurse jobs as of 12 noon on Friday.

Ardedon said this may be due to the qualifications, wherein interested applicants should have at least two years of nursing experience.

Apart from that, Ardedon said others may have fear of unusual incidents against women in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) despite the excellent offer of around P100,000 monthly salary. (MKG)