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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Labor day jobs fair offers local, overseas jobs

ZAMBOANGA CITY – Thousands of local and overseas jobs were made available in a jobs fair conducted at the Zamboanga Economic Zone and Freeport Authority (ZamboEcozone) during the 133th Labor Day celebration last May 1.

Spearheaded by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE)-IX in partnership with the Zamboanga Economic Zone and Freeport Authority (ZamboEcozone), the city government and other line agencies, the activity started as early as 7 a.m. with a free ride for the jobseekers from the City Hall to the Ecozone area, some 20 kilometers from the city proper.

Over 25,000 overseas jobs for skilled and professional workers and some 2,000 local jobs are up for grabs, according to a DOLE jobs posting. Local job openings are for canning factories, malls, government offices and others.

Thousands of jobseekers flocked to the jobs fair and they submitted their applications to the representatives of the different companies and overseas agencies.

A private company representative said these companies are going “to examine the candidates’ qualifications and will immediately notify them if they are short-listed.”

During the Labor Day celebration, the Ecozone also opened its facilities, including the pool, zipline, cable car, bowling lane and others to the public for free. However, those who went there were busy with their applications.

The jobseekers also expressed their thanks to the government for holding the jobs fair. “It is a good opportunity to find jobs fast,” said one applicant. But most applicants are requesting that future jobs fair be held at the city proper, as the free rides could only accommodate limited number of people.

Other activities conducted at the Ecozone during the Labor Day were skills demonstration by TESDA scholars, turnover of livelihood starter kits, Diskwento Fairs, raffles, sports competitions and others. (Sheila May Aquino)