Butuan City – More than 480 jobseekers flooded the Provincial Capitol Training Center at Capitol Grounds, Butuan City last June 15 during the Kalayaan Jobs and Business Fair organized by the Department of Labor and Employment-Agusan del Norte Provincial Office (DOLE-AND PO) in coordination with the Provincial Local Government Unit. The activity was held in congruence with the 51st Founding Anniversary, with its theme “Ligdong nga Panggamhanan, Lig-on nga Kadumalahan sa Progresibong Agusan”.

In his welcome remarks, Sangguniang Panlalawigan Member Virgilio Escasiá¹…as, chair on Committee on Labor and Employment, emphasized the significant role of Public Employment Service Office (PESO) in capitalizing and facilitation of employment in the province.

“We must empower and encourage the Public Employment Service Offices in the province to strengthen employment facilitation”, Escasinas said.

The number of participating employers totaled to 24 which included three overseas employers and 21 local employers. This includes employers from different industries such as communication and transportation, business, construction, manpower and many others. About 71 qualified for the local employment while 33 in the overseas.

One of the highlights of the event was the giving of souvenirs to the 39 applicants who were Hired on the Spot (HOTS). According to one of the HOTS, she is grateful for the Jobfair knowing that the job market is very competitive and employers’ expectations are high, she was able to grab a spot.

Taken from the reports gathered from different local employers, there were 213 near-hire applicants. These applicants will be processed for further interview and examination.