Saturday, 30 May 2009

Over 170,000 jobs await applicants in 3-day Philippine Independence Day job fair

MANILA (PNA) -- Another job fair, aptly slated in time with the country's 111th Independence Day celebration, will be staged on June 12-14, offering some 170,000 jobs, including local and overseas and government hiring, to provide employment to Filipinos.

"We urge jobseekers to take advantage of this affair. Also, if you want to work in the government, this could be good opportunity," Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Undersecretary Lourdes Trasmonte said during the event's soft launch held Friday at Club Intramuros in Manila.

Over 50,000 government slots, both plantilla and emergency employment positions, will be available with 10,000 jobs in the National Capital Region (NCR) alone.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources opens doors to some 6,000 applicants, while the Department of Education will be needing 8,000 workers. The Department of National Defense, Department of Health, Department of Trade and Industry and Metro Manila Development Authority will also allot employment slots at the three-day event.

About 30,000 emergency jobs will also be provided to displaced and other unemployed workers under President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's Comprehensive Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (CLEEP).

The second day of the job fair on June 13 would feature private local companies offering some 70,000 jobs.

Among the available positions are those for baristas, accounting executives, store managers, mechanics, tellers, call center agents, to name a few.

The following day, June 14, would feature recruitment agencies offering some 50,000 sea-based and land-based overseas employment.

Overseas employment, mostly in services and sales industry and skilled sector, makes up almost half of job orders from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Hong Kong, Russia and Bahrain, Philippine Overseas Employment Administration Deputy Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac said.

The affair, to be held in 19 cities nationwide on June 12-14, is in celebration of the country's 111th Independence Day.

About 1,000 employers, including those from the overseas recruitment industry, would participate in the mega event.

In the DOLE's Jobapalooza job fair held last May 1, a total of 10,000 jobseekers were hired on the spot. The DoLE attributed this to an online pre-registration process where a computer program matched the skills of the applicants with the jobs being offered by the employers.

Labor and Employment Secretary Marianito D. Roque said it would be advantageous for jobseekers to register with PhilJobNet ( as early as possible as some participating firms may start to hire applicants prior to the actual job fair.

Walk-in applicants are also welcome at the event site, Quirino Grandstand in Luneta, Roque said.

The pre-registration system would enable the job fair participating private firms and government agencies to pre-screen applicants and subsequently hasten the selection and on-the-spot hiring of those who are qualified during the three-day mega event.

For the first time, government-owned corporations and state schools will participate along with local government units and other government offices in accordance with the President's Executive Order No. 782. The order provides for the temporary filling up of vacancies in the government using 1.5 percent of a government agency's maintenance and other operating expenses (MOOEs). (PNA)

1 comment:

  1. We are not getting out of this depression anytime soon. Its going to get a lot worse for most of us. It didn't have to be this way. Greed ruins everything.

    "As mass production has to be accompanied by mass consumption; mass consumption, in turn, implies a distribution of wealth -- not of existing wealth, but of wealth as it is currently produced -- to provide men with buying power equal to the amount of goods and services offered by the nation's economic machinery. Instead of achieving that kind of distribution, a giant suction pump had by 1929-30 drawn into a few hands an increasing portion of currently produced wealth. This served them as capital accumulations. But by taking purchasing power out of the hands of mass consumers, the savers denied to themselves the kind of effective demand for their products that would justify a reinvestment of their capital accumulations in new plants. In consequence, as in a poker game where the chips were concentrated in fewer and fewer hands, the other fellows could stay in the game only by borrowing. When their credit ran out, the game stopped."

    Marriner Eccles, FDR's Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank - 1959

    In other words, the first Great Depression was caused by greed. The rich couldn't settle for reasonable pay. They had to have more and more and more. That caused a giant shift in buying power from the majority to the rich. When the majority lost their buying power, they lost their ability to support the economy. Einstein said basically the same thing in 1949.

    Its even worse now. Ordinary people havn't only lost their relative buying power. They have also lost their savings, home values, pensions, and benefits. This didn't happen overnight. Its been happening gradually for the last 30 years. Meanwhile, the rich have become super incredibly rich. The richest 500 Americans are worth about two trillion dollars. More than the bottom 40% of American housholds combined. The richest 1 percent are worth about 15 trillion dollars. More than the bottom 98% of American households combined. Thats just insane. I don't care how much work for humanity the rich claim to do. Its nothing but a cover for their own greed. We don't need anymore rich people to entertain us or create jobs or make donations for charity. We need them to get reasonable about how much money and assets they keep for themselves.

    Don't believe their excuse about paying more income taxes. They don't pay enough. For every tax they pay, they get an obscene profit, bailout, or kickback from our government to cover it. We had a progressive tax system that worked for over 40 years. It prevented too much wealth from accumulating at the top. In 1976, the middle 80% owned about 2/3 of America's total wealth. Reagan lowered taxes for the rich. Bush lowered them again. Now, the richest 5% own about 2/3 of America's total wealth. The lower 95% own about 1/3. America's wealth has been transfered from poor to rich again. Now, we have another depression.

    Don't believe it when the rich claim to be getting poorer. Property values have gone down for everyone. Thats because of the concentration of wealth and income. When the economy slows down, property values tank. So when rich people complain about lower net worth, thats a trick. They still have the same buying power on average.

    Everything that is happening with the economy is happening because too much wealth has been taken away from the majority and concentrated into the private vaults of rich people. The same ones on TV and radio telling us how much they want to help the world. Its a big lie. Just another way to promote their own business and get more of our money. Rich people don't want to help the world. They want to own it.

    Now, the economy is ruined. Obama can't fix it because the rich won't let him. There will be no bailout for the people because the ones with all the money won't settle for less. They want more. Its going to get a lot worse. Say goodbye to the American dream and hello to the American nightmare.