Pulong’s office hosts virtual job fair, 25 job seekers hired on the spot

The Office of Davao City First Congressional District Representative Paolo “Pulong” Duterte hosted a Virtual Job Fair on Friday, November 19 held at the Holy Child College of Davao.

At least 25 applicants were hired on the spot during the one-day job fair.

Of the 1,854 job seekers who registered onsite, 177 got interviewed by the employers participating in the job fair. Those who were hired on the spot include cashiers, sales representatives, and baggers.

Larry Barn Baltazar, an operator for PESO (Public Employment Service Office) Information System, said the 1,854 registered job seekers were onsite. He added that they have yet to count those who got interviewed and hired online.

25-year-old Iselmae Malode, from Barangay 76-A Bucana, was among the job seekers hired on the spot. She said that she did not expect it but was very happy that she finally landed a job.

“Taud-taod na ko nangita ug trabaho kaso wala gani response gikan sa mga gipang-apply-an nako, hantod sa nakita nako sa Facebook ning Virtual Job Fair sa First Congressional District, ni rehistro ko online,” Malode said.

(I have been seeking a job but there were no relies on the applications I submitted to employers until I found on Facebook the Virtual Job Fair of the First Congressional District. I immediately registered online.)

Malode expressed her appreciation to First Congressional District Representative Paolo “Pulong” Duterte and to all who made the virtual job fair possible, as she was given the chance to work.

Another applicant, 31-year-old Jake Galacio Gabiola, a resident from Buhangin District, recalled how he got lost while going to the Job Fair venue. He said it was all worth it after he got accepted for a job he applied for.

“Nag-alanganin pa gani ko muadto kay kini bitaw naa pa ta ginaatiman sa panimalay. Pero akoang giisip sab kinahanglan makaadto ko sa job fair aron makakita nako ug trabaho,” Gabiola said.

(At first, I was hesitant to join the job fair as I had to attend to some house chores. Later I realized that I really need to join the activity for a chance of finding a job.)

The employers who participated in the event include the Metrol Cleaners, Steel Asia, Davao Manpower Incorporated, Sutherland, Franklin Baker, Ana’s Breeders, Vicente Lao Construction, Gaisano Mall of Davao, Agri Exim Global, and Jathnier.

Rep. Duterte said that they utilized an online platform to provide opportunities and assistance to those who are still unemployed and those who lost their jobs, following the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lorraine Grace Ugsang, of the Davao City Field Office, Employment Facilitation Program of the Department of Labor and Employment in Davao Region (DOLE-11) said that their office still has some upcoming job fairs for job seekers. 

“All they need to do is to keep posted on announcements coming from our office,” Ugsang said.

Duterte’s office organized the Virtual Job Fair in coordination with the DOLE-11 and the PESO Davao City.

The First Congressional District Office recognized the resilience of the employers, employees, and job seekers amid the pandemic. They thanked their partner agencies for their support of the event and the Holy Child College of Davao for offering their facilities as the venue for the opening of the virtual job fair. (PR)